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TUC calls for new bank holiday

Published: Monday, 03 November 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Workers in the UK are in need of a new Bank Holiday, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has claimed.

The coalition has reiterated its view that the four-month gap between the August and Christmas bank holidays is too long and requires bridging.

It wants the government to initiate Community Day to celebrate the work done by society's volunteers - a move which could help graduates and other workers improve their work/life balance during the autumn.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber commented that by announcing a new bank holiday, the government could help "cheer up" UK workers worried about the prospect of recession.

He added: "Community Day would recognise the importance of local communities in holding society together, and celebrate that there is more to life than consumption during these difficult economic times."

According to the TUC, the earliest date a new statutory holiday could come into effect would be October 2010.

At present, workers in England and Wales enjoy eight bank holidays per year, compared to nine in Scotland and ten in Northern Ireland.

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