Eight days extra leave for workers

Last updated at 15:15 13 June 2007


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Eight more holiday days per year can't be a bad thing!

Six million workers were promised up to eight extra days annual holiday today under measures confirmed by the Government to stop firms counting bank holidays as part of annual leave.

The first four extra days will come into force in October and the other four by April 2009, six months later than originally planned.

Firms had asked for more time to implement the changes, which ministers said will benefit 3.5 million women and 2.5 million men.

Employment Relations Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "This extra time off will make a real difference in the lives of hard-working people - a proper rest from work and more time to spend with their families and friends.

"Businesses will benefit too - from reduced absenteeism and a workforce who are more motivated and productive.

"We have listened to all parties responding in the latest consultation, and we have agreed a number of changes in the way the new holidays will be brought in."

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