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Employers concerned by Mondayising moves

Published: 7:11AM Wednesday February 08, 2012 Source: ONE News

Employers say introducing a law to ensure workers get a day off for Waitangi Day and Anzac Day would hit businesses with extra costs at a difficult time.
A private member's bill to amend the Holidays Act to "Mondayise" the holidays is set go to a vote in Parliament.

Mondayising the holidays would mean people would get the Monday off, if the holiday falls on a weekend day.

However, the President of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Kim Campbell, told ONE News the move may change the significance of the day.

"It would be a real pity if all people saw Anzac Day as, was a chance to go to the beach. Remember people died overseas for our freedom and that day marks a time in our history," he said.

The EMA will not oppose the Bill but says it will hit business with new costs at a tough time.

However, Council of trade Unions President Helen Kelly says it may give some businesses a welcome boost.

"Income is generated for many many businesses, Kiwis go on holiday, Kiwis go shopping, Kiwis have a time to relax and do tend to spend money on long weekends," she said.

Labour's new MP for Dunedin North, David Clark, is promoting the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill, which was yesterday drawn from the ballot of private members' bills to go before Parliament.

New Zealanders had two less public holidays last year because Waitangi Day fell on a Sunday and Anzac Day on Easter Monday.

Prime Minister John Key has said the change is something the caucus can consider, though it is not a simple change and does not have to be dealt with in the short term.

Tourism industry backs change

The tourism industry said before the election that the incoming government should "Mondayise" the Waitangi Day and Anzac Day holidays to help the economy.

This was one of the recommendations in a report called Tourism Future 2011-14, released by the Tourism Industry Association.

Policy manager Simon Wallace said the tourism market has been challenging over the last one to two years and Mondayising Waitangi Day and Anzac Day was one of the options operators were suggesting to get more New Zealanders travelling around the country.

Wallace said domestic tourism delivers $35 million every day to the regions "so if we can get more visitors into those regions we can really grow that spend by New Zealanders simply staying in their own country".

In Australia, public holidays are Mondayised.

What do you think of the call to "Mondayise" Waitangi Day and Anzac Day? Have your say on our messageboard below.

What do you think of the call to "Mondayise" Waitangi Day and Anzac Day? Have your say on our messageboard below.

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  • logical quest said on 2012-02-08 @ 20:16 NZDT: Report abusive post

    It all very well Mondayising holidays, but there is a small section of the population who work shift work tuesday to Saturday who get very few public holidays as it is. This year I get 3 public holidays where most people will get 10. Change the law so that everyone gets holidays as their next working day. To Mondayise waitangi & ANZAC day could mean that again I get 3 special holidays in the year - that is NOT FAIR.

  • G Sacramento said on 2012-02-08 @ 16:57 NZDT: Report abusive post

    It means if its a Saturday or a Sunday it gets moved to Monday . If its Mon- Friday it when it falls. Seems sensible and its already done with Christmas day and New years day as it was last year and Jan this year. You can still celebrate the actual day . This way the calendar does not reduce the public holidays of people who work.

  • dmaclure said on 2012-02-08 @ 10:35 NZDT: Report abusive post

    It time for government to accept mondayised on Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day as don't take notice from business round table who opposed it

  • snapodile said on 2012-02-08 @ 09:34 NZDT: Report abusive post

    This is silly. To "Mondayise" Public Holidays for the sake of a few coins, is to relegate to the back seat. This means that the sanctity of - for example - Christmas Day; or for for that matter, Anzac Day, is to treat these days as another Business Day. Without consideration for additional costs/overheads, etc

  • Aunti Mavis said on 2012-02-08 @ 08:59 NZDT: Report abusive post

    If the actual day is closer to Friday, why not "Fridayise" it instead?