Britain’s workers will be given the break they deserve under Labour plans to bring our four nations together with four new national holidays for the whole of the UK. With eight public holidays, our country currently has the fewest of any G20 or EU member state.
Labour has announced on St. George’s Day UK-wide public holidays will be held on St. David’s Day (1 March), St Patrick’s Day (17 March), St. George’s Day (23 April) and St. Andrew’s Day (30 November).
Welcoming the proposals here in Portsmouth, Cllr Stephen Morgan, the city’s Labour Leader, said:
“Under the Tories, average earnings are set to fall by £1,200 as a result of rising inflation and lower wage growth.
And more and more people are working longer hours or taking on second jobs to make ends meet. I know how difficult things are for people in our city. Britain’s workers deserve a break.
That’s why I’m backing plans for workers to have the opportunity of four more days off a year.
Not only will they will they provide the chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nation – and bring our country together – these holidays will be a great chance for spending time with families, in communities and with friends”.
The UK has the lowest number of public holidays of the major economies – 8 compared with a G20 average of 12. Four extra holidays would take the UK to the G20 average.