Calls for coun­cil to give work­ers two breaks

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY DREW SANDELANDS

WORK­ERS at Glas­gow City Coun­cil should be given two bank hol­i­days at the start of May next year, a Labour coun­cil­lor be­lieves.

The UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments have ap­proved a change to the early May bank hol­i­day in 2020 to com­mem­o­rate the 75th an­niver­sary of VE Day.

Fri­day, May 8 will be a bank hol­i­day in­stead of Mon­day, May 4, as the UK marks three quar­ters of a cen­tury since the Al­lies for­mally ac­cepted Ger­many’s sur­ren­der in the Sec­ond World War.

However, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil has agreed to give an ad­di­tional an­nual leave day so staff can have both days off.

And Glas­gow Labour coun­cil­lor Martin McEl­roy, left, said: “If North Ayr­shire can do it, why not Glas­gow? I think it’s right that we should be mark­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of VE Day, but this should be in ad­di­tion to May Day and not at its ex­pense.

“May Day is recog­nised through­out the world as a hol­i­day be­cause it is In­ter­na­tional Work­ers Day.

“Re­spect­ing this date would be a pos­i­tive move for any em­ployer and I would urge

Glas­gow City the same.

“Lo­cal govern­ment work­ers have borne the brunt of 10 years of aus­ter­ity from the Scot­tish and UK Gov­ern­ments. Let’s give some­thing back to these peo­ple who work hard ev­ery­day.”

Trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tives had high­lighted con­cerns around swap­ping the pub­lic hol­i­day to North Ayr­shire Coun­cil due to May Day

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