Plymouth Labour has welcomed plans announced by Jeremy Corbyn to create four new bank holidays if Labour wins the General Election on 8 June.
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, has announced Labour’s plan to give Britain’s workers the break they deserve and bring our four nations together with four new national holidays for the whole of the United Kingdom.
Under Labour’s proposals, UK-wide public holidays will be held on St, David’s Day (1st March), St Patrick’s Day (17th March), St. George’s Day (23rd April) and St. Andrew’s Day (30th November). With eight public holidays, the UK currently has the fewest of any G20 or EU country.
Commenting on the announcement Labour spokesperson, Luke Pollard said:
"Four new bank holidays would be a huge boost for tourism in the south west helping to create jobs and investment in our region.
I ran a campaign for a new bank holiday working with Thomas Cook in 2007. Britain already has the lowest number of public holidays of any advanced western country.
We need to look at how we improve productivity as a nation and working longer and longer hours isn't the right solution. Productivity improves when people are rested and given more time to spend with their families. This policy is a double win: it would be a huge boost to working families in Plymouth and would also boost our local economy."
Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“For years, Britain’s workers haven’t had a proper pay rise, with wages for most people still below 2007 levels. After seven years of painful austerity, our workers deserve a break – and under a Labour government, they will have the opportunity of four more days off a year.
“The four nations that make up our great country have rarely been more divided due to the damaging and divisive policies of this Conservative government.
“But where Theresa May divides, Labour will unite our four nations. A Labour government will make St George’s Day - England’s national day and Shakespeare’s birthday - a public holiday, along with St David’s Day, St Andrew’s Day and St Patrick’s Day.
“And we will ask for the support of the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so that the same four holidays can be enjoyed across the United Kingdom.
“These holidays will be a chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends. But they will also be a chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations."
The UK has the lowest number of public holidays of the major economies - 8 compared with a G20 average of 12. Four extra holidays would take us to the G20 average.
Estimates of the economic impact of public holidays (including by the Government) are contradictory, varying between a net benefit and net cost. There is no definitive measure. There is also evidence of productivity and wellbeing benefits, and the evidence of costs are that they are of delayed rather than lost output. Read more here.