With 61 days to go until the next Bank Holiday and 56 days since the last one, the TUC is calling on the Government to make this autumn half-term Monday one of three new Bank Holidays.
Most of the 20,000 people who voted for a new Bank Holiday in the TUC’s online poll believe millions of people should have an extra day off today.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “It’s a cold, dark Monday, but autumn doesn’t have to be such a slog. The country could comfortably cope with a day off today to break the 16-week Bank Holiday-free stretch.
“If this Monday were a Bank Holiday, millions of hard-working families would be able to spend a day with their children during half term without taking extra leave. Millions of employees could give our leisure and retail industries a boost or take a long weekend away and help our tourism sector. Others could simply be enjoying a well-earned extra lie-in and a very happy Monday.”