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More bank holidays August 3, 2021

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An appropriate weekend for PBP to be arguing the case for more public holidays in this state. The Examiner reports:

The party is proposing that three extra bank holidays are established on February 1, the last Monday in September, and the last Monday in November, in each calendar year.

The party notes that Ireland currently lags behind many EU countries in bank holiday entitlements. 

Ireland has 20 days minimum holiday entitlements and nine paid public holidays compared to France with 30 days minimum holiday entitlements and 11 paid public holidays. Spain and Portugal have 13.

Pretty poor to be honest. 

Interestingly, as the piece notes, the government has actually said it will look at an extra bank holiday. But nothing as of yet. 

In a way this is a litmus test of what sort of approach the state will take as it and the society emerges from the pandemic. Are we about to see another period of hyper-charged austerity unleashed with the continual complaint that paying for the extra debt acquired during the pandemic is the key fiscal priority or is it possible there’ll be a more ameliorative approach taken. Can’t say I’m optimistic. 

But Paul Murphy makes explicit the necessity to link the events of the last year and a half with workers rights. 

 

“Since the beginning of the pandemic workers in Ireland have been working the equivalent of 38 extra hours per month, according to a LinkedIn survey, and have experienced increased stress levels working from home. 

“It is only right and fair that workers in this country who work extremely hard are rewarded with extra public holidays.

Three bank holidays is a modest ask, he said.

“It’s the very least that can be done for workers.”

To put it mildly. 

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1. EWI - August 3, 2021

Are we about to see another period of hyper-charged austerity unleashed with the continual complaint that paying for the extra debt acquired during the pandemic is the key fiscal priority or is it possible there’ll be a more ameliorative approach taken. Can’t say I’m optimistic.

Oh, we absolutely are, but their problem is going to be that this will be the second time in a decade – and people still remember the bank bailout and NAMA, when apparently a magic money tree was proven to exist after all

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benmadigan - August 3, 2021

We won’t see another period of hyper-charged austerity as the Brexit Compensation and EU Recovery Funds will be kicking in soon.
By mid-July 2021 Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain all had their plans approved and funding is expected to start arriving within a month or so

PS The Commission is currently assessing Ireland’s plan

https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/13/hungary-left-waiting-as-12-eu-states-have-spending-plans-for-covid-recovery-approved

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EWI - August 3, 2021

PS The Commission is currently assessing Ireland’s plan

So, how many times have they sent it back now with a query on our GDP figures?

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2. Tomboktu - August 3, 2021

This creates a small dilemma for me.

The chances are that this will distract from the campaign for a four-day week, which is a more important goal but a longer and harder one to achieve. I’d hate to see the more important goal lost or set back by achieving an easier goal.

And as for the government looking at an extra bank holiday, two questions need to be asked:

1. do they mean on an ongoing basis or just a one-off day at the end of the pandemic (for example, to commentate those who lost their lives to it)?

2. Excuse me, Ms/Mr Government Spokesperson, but did you day ‘an’ extra bank holiday? If you check the bill again, I think you’ll find that is not what is proposed.

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Michael Carley - August 3, 2021

Two, four, fifty-two bank holidays …

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3. Jim Monaghan - August 3, 2021

Personally I would favour an increase in the minimum annual leave. Bank holidays are excuses for overpriced holidays, flights etc. I suppose our hotel industry etc. will welcome the excuse to ramp up prices. Bring the minimum annual leave up to thirty in increments.

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Bagatelle's Untrimmed Thrushes - August 3, 2021

30 weeks and getting there over 5 years sounds about acceptable.

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4. crocodileshoes - August 3, 2021

RBB showing good support for bus staff, who deserve it. The headline rise, as he points out, is small and spread out over years. There’s a big price to be paid in work conditions.
I’ve been an almost daily Dublin Bus passenger for 50 years and have seen the service improve greatly but the job not getting any easier for employees. One thing I hope the drivers will agree to is to change at the terminus instead of mid-route – the number of hours I’ve spent sitting on Bachelors Walk waiting for a change of driver!

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