We’ll en­shrine pub­lic hol­i­days into law

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

A RE-ELECTED An­drews La­bor Gov­ern- ment will en­shrine pub­lic hol­i­days – Easter Sun­day, Christ­mas Day and Grand Fi­nal Fri­day – in law, help­ing to pro­tect the penalty rates of thou­sands of Vic­to­rian work­ers.

While th­ese days are cur­rently gazetted by the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment as pub­lic hol­i­days year af­ter year, writ­ing them into law will make sure they are per­ma­nently pro­tected.

When penalty rates were first in­tro­duced, Sun­days were treated the same as pub­lic hol­i­days, at­tract­ing the same rates and ben­e­fits for work­ers.

But now – thanks to the slow wind back of penalty rates un­der suc­ces­sive Lib­eral gov­ern­ments – Vic­to­ri­ans work­ing on Easter Sun­day miss out on in­creased rates of pay.

The same oc­curs when Christ­mas Day falls on a week­end, with the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion only pro­vid­ing for pub­lic hol­i­day rates on a sub­sti­tute day dur­ing the week.

It means that when Christ­mas Day falls on a Satur­day, Vic­to­ri­ans – like nurses and emer­gency work­ers – don’t get pub­lic hol­i­day rates – but their col­leagues work­ing on the sub­sti­tute Mon­day do. It’s just un­fair.

And it’s why we will per­ma­nently pro­tect the pub­lic hol­i­day penalty rates of Vic­to­rian work­ers, in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion in its very first year.

Vic­to­rian Premier Daniel An­drews

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