The UK could have four new public holidays under a Labour government.
Jeremy Corbyn will announce in a speech today that every St George’s Day under a Labour government will be a national holiday, celebrating Britain’s traditions of fairness and social justice.
Corbyn will tell a CWU conference in Bournemouth that after eight years of damaging Tory austerity, Britain’s workers deserve a day off.
This is part of Labour’s plan to give Britain’s workers the break they deserve and bring our four nations together with four new national holidays for the whole of the United Kingdom
Labour will ask for the support of the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so that the same four holidays can be enjoyed across the United Kingdom.
Under Labour’s proposals, UK-wide public holidays will be held on St, David’s Day (1st March), St Patrick’s Day (17th March), St. George’s Day (23rd April) and St. Andrew’s Day (30th November). With only eight public holidays, the UK currently has the fewest of any G20 or EU country.
The speech will also see Corbyn will also lay out Labour’s plans for 21st Century public ownership for the future, declaring the 20th Century model of top down nationalisation “is history”.
Speaking to communication workers, Corbyn will recommit Labour to bring Royal Mail into public ownership so it can adapt for the future following its failed privatisation by the coalition government and setting up a Post Bank owned by the Post Office, drawing on the examples of France, Italy and New Zealand.