NEW ZEALAND workers have unsurprisingly embraced a proposal to guarantee a holiday for Waitangi and Anzac Days.
The “Mondayisation” bill passed its second reading in parliament last week, despite National voting against it, and it is expected to eventually pass into law.
The bill was introduced by Labour’s David Clark, and will ensure that when Waitangi Day or Anzac Day fall on a weekend, workers will still get a Monday off if they didn’t work at the weekend.
The public and workers almost unanimously supported the bill in submissions, APNZ reported, while the response of businesses was mixed.
A survey by Hospitality New Zealand of its members showed they were evenly divided.
The Retailers Association, Business NZ and the Hospitality Association all highlighted the cost to companies through reduced productivity and a day’s paid leave, while unions said the increased costs were negligible, given the extra day off would occur every seven years.