This year, as last year, we miss out on both Anzac and Waitangi days as holidays. They’re probably our 2 most important days of the year as a nation, so we should value them more, not less, right? The Government refuses to do anything about it. Phil Goff, the EPMU and I’m sure all workers would love for employees to get their rightful public holidays like any other year – but John Key apparently doesn’t think it’s do-able, that it needs “thorough [a.k.a. long] research”.
What’s to research?
Moving a weekend public holiday to Monday would create questions about what dates people would be paid time-and-a-half for working, he says.
Ermm, John, have you noticed Christmas and New Year’s just fell on a weekend, and we got Monday and Tuesday off and the world didn’t cave in? We can just do the same for Anzac and Waitangi Day.
He’s also concerned at the prospect of moving Waitangi Day and Anzac Day celebrations away from February 6 and April 25.
Um, I don’t know about you John, but I still celebrated Christmas on the 25th, even with my holiday on the 27th. I also didn’t celebrate New Year’s on the 3rd – did anyone else? It’s all pretty simple stuff.
In fact the reason is the Key is once again siding with his rich mates over ordinary working Kiwis. As Goff says:
“It’s not an economic issue. If five out of seven years you can afford it, then you should be able to the other two.
“I know for years and years we said we couldn’t afford four weeks’ annual leave and we’ve achieved that.”
So, no, Key just wants his rich mates to keep every extra penny they can for CEO bonuses, whilst keeping workers down. I call bullshit on your “research”, you just mean kicking it into the long grass…