Easter Sunday a public holiday

EASTER Sunday 2011 has been declared a public holiday in New South Wales.

The decision was announced by NSW premier Kristina Kenneally yesterday and was warmly welcome by the union which represents the thousands of people employed in the retail industry, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA).

“Retail workers, their families and the community congratulate the NSW Government on today's announcement to declare Easter Sunday a public holiday which will further protect family and community time,” SDA NSW branch secretary Gerard Dwyer said.

“It's an announcement that balances work, family time and community interests.

“Since 1991 there has been a 17 per cent increase in trading hours in NSW. Decisions like these help restore some balance.

“When a young mum in Albury tells you she has spent the last three Easter Sundays working in a shop rather than where she wants to be, at home with her children, and that she is tired of missing family and community events, you know that a decision like this is needed. You know this decision is good for retail workers, it is good for families, and it is good for the community.”

Mr Dwyer said declaring Easter Sunday a public holiday will achieve three things:

  • It will give retail workers a right to a four- day break at Easter like other NSW workers, helping to achieve some work/life balance;
  • It will fix a fair rate of pay for the day, so that those that work on this special day are properly compensated;
  • It gives proper recognition to one of the significant days in the Australian community, a day when families, faith groups and communities come together.

“Hundreds of thousands of retail workers, just like that mum in Albury, their families and the community look forward to the NSW Parliament declaring Easter Sunday a public holiday,” Mr Dwyer said.

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