NORTHERN IRELAND STAFF TO GET MORE HOLS

WORKERS in Northern Ireland are to be guaranteed up to 10 days additional paid holiday a year under new plans unveiled by the Government. The plan will ensure workers get paid for bank and public holidays in addition to their current statutory four weeks

WORKERS in Northern Ireland are to be guaranteed up to 10 days additional paid holiday a year under new plans unveiled by the Government.

The plan will ensure workers get paid for bank and public holidays in addition to their current statutory four weeks annual leave.

The proposals are being put out for public consultation until mid-October.

The Government intends workers will get an additional eight or 10 days paid holiday a year - phased in from next year.


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Providing for an extra eight days would bring Northern Ireland into line with Great Britain.

Ministers said the plan would see the lowest paid - women, part-timers and those from ethnic minorities - gaining the most.

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Launching the consultation document, Employment and Learning Minister Maria Eagle, said: "When we gave everyone the right to four weeks annual leave in 1998 many workers got paid holidays for the first time.

"There are still many people, particularly the lowest paid, who have to take bank and public holidays from their leave entitlement. These proposals will mean that those workers will receive additional paid holidays.

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