May Day – have your say!
The Government is currently undertaking a “pre-consultation” on plans to move the May Day holiday to a colder, wetter time month from 2013 onwards – and this is supposed to stimulate domestic tourism! I can report today that unions have now been joined in opposing these plans by some big retail companies and trade associations, whilst a number of big players in the tourist industry are now saying that what they really want is an extra public holiday.
The Government’s consultation ends on Thursday. If you want to join us in defending May Day and calling for an additional bank holiday, read on.
Quick response – if you are in a hurry, you might just want to say something along the following lines:
I do not believe that May Day should be moved. My view is that public holidays are days of celebration that are embedded in our culture, and should not be tampered with for economic reasons. Furthermore, I think that moving May Day to a colder, wetter time of the year would be more likely to undermine domestic tourism than to give it a boost. What we really deserve is a completely new bank holiday. I support the TUC/ voluntary sector proposals for a new “Community Day” holiday from 2013 onwards.
You can also find the full Government consultation papers at the DCMS site.
Community Day has the support of the TUC, NCVO, CSV, NAVCA and Volunteering England.