A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how Australia is dealing with the situation next year where Anzac Day coincides with Easter Monday.
This week, our government had the chance to do the right thing by Kiwi workers, but guess what, they failed.
In the Holidays Amendment Bill debate on Wednesday night, I put up an amendment to have Easter Monday treated as falling on on the following day where it coincides with Anzac Day.
The EPMU has managed to negotiate an extra day in 2011 for around 1200 of their members covered by 100 collective agreements and they say they expect more companies to follow suit.
That’s great for those workers, and well done to the EPMU. But the government could have ensured every worker in New Zealand had the same benefit by supporting my amendment . It would have been a relatively painless gesture, but all we got from Kate Wilkinson were platitudes about how Anzac Day should be revered and it was too sacred to move.
The amendment was voted down. And to their shame the Maori Party voted against it as well.