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Should Bank Holidays be changed...

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by SanPedro, May 27, 2005.

  1. SanPedro

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    Just listening to the traffic report on radio 2. Queues for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles andmiles and miles and miles and ..... 30 miles in some places :suicide:

    Just seems daft the whole country setting off at the same time on the same day. I never go away on the Bank Holidays cos of the traffic aggro.

    CL
     
  2. Tejstar

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    Don't talk to me about bank holiday's, I'm indoors studying this weekend... :(
     
  3. Drd

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    64 miles in others!

    We're obviously bored.Still,teatime soon and not a queue in sight.
     
  4. Miyazaki

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    I live in the south west. We don't have traffic jams for most of the year, just when the cockneys come daaaahn on bank holidays innit!
     
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    Also live in the southwest. Best thing about going away on the bike bank holidays? I'm going in the opposite direction to all the grockles:thumbsup: :rotfl:
     
  6. Mep

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    what is it that possesses everybody to travel to the same places every time???...they know its going to take ages to get there, be packed solid when they do get there and then take ages to get back again.......we are not sheep so why act like them?
     
  7. Reepicheep

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    It does seem mad that they pick bank holiday dates the same time as the roads get so busy :)
     
  8. Bristol Pete

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    Well, what good would changing them bring? Same problem, just different dates? :confused:

    I live in Bristol which becomes a massive by way as the m4 merges with the M5 so that is a no go zone and then everyone tries to cut through Bristol on the A38 causing total gridlock as they say.... :suicide:

    Pete.
     
  9. SanPedro

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    How difficult would it be to have Bank Holidays on 3 different dates? So that only 1/3 of the country is on the move at any one time.

    Maybe do it on a postcode basis or something. The schools manage to have different summer holiday periods so why not offices have different Bank Holiday periods?

    Chris
     
  10. Solomon Grundy

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    This could so easily turn into a caravan hating thread...I think caravans should be banned from the roads on Bank holiday weekends...
     
  11. stealther

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    Great Idea only that most companies have a national client/supplier so you would get loads of days where they carnt talk to each other!

    Sounds good to me maybe my phone wouldnt ring so much :)
     
  12. Beobloke

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    Well, my top tips would be -

    (1) Don't travel at the obvious times (i.e - going on Saturday morning/returning on Monday afternoon)
    (2) Keep listening to a a local radio station for travel news
    (3) Ban caravans!!

    I've just been away last weekend - a few of us took a day off on Friday, travelled down from Southampton to Dorset late Friday morning with no problems, spent a very nice weekend in the Durdle Door/Lulworth areas without any stress, although we didn't use the cars and were mainly on foot/on bikes/in pubs (The Sailor's Return at East Chaldon has a superb beer festival every year over the bank holiday weekend! :smashin: :beer: :beer: :zonked: )

    Drove home yesterday at about lunchtime and the roads were fine again. There was an accident on the M27 but we heard about it on the radio and managed to dive off at the junction before the one we were going to use and didn't get held up.
    Travelling across a bridge over the motorway we saw the cause of the accident - a jacknifed caravan on its side. Naturally, after fervently hoping no-one was injured, we did have a good laugh...... :D
     
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    Make every monday a bank holiday.
    That should spread the load a bit.
     
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    I'm very lucky regards time off at work.A few years ago we reached a local agreement whereby we converted our public holidays (christmas and new year exepted) to annual leave that could be taken whenever it suited us. That coupled with every second Monday/Fri off (9 day fortnight) means there is ample oppertunity to plan short breaks whenever i want one. :thumbsup:
     
  15. Mr.D

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    I get triple time if I work a bank holiday. If I work the full bank holiday weekend I get 1.5 time on Saturday , 2 time on Sunday , 3time on Monday.
    I like bank holidays just fine the way they are.
    In fact lets have a few more.
     
  16. shodan

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    Cancel all national holidays.
     
  17. gizlaroc

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    Corbyn? Is that you?
     
  18. mjn

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    Holy sh*t!!!

    12 years!!
     
  19. soupdragon

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    I know, 12 years...and still nothing has changed!
     
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    So how did your study session go? 12 years on, was the studying worthwhile?
     
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    holy thread resurrection!!!!
     
  22. gizlaroc

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    Seemed appropriate after Corbyn's new Labour manifesto. ;)
     
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    Who is paying for this additional day?
     
  24. imightbewrong

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    How much does it cost?
     
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    Well the Government doesn't fund holidays, so you have a days wages for everyone, plus manufacturing has a day of lost production. So quite significant!
     
  26. imightbewrong

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    Presumably that assumes that employers pass it on as an additional day off, which they are not obliged to

    Holiday entitlement - GOV.UK
     
  27. gizlaroc

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    You have to give it as a day off and then give an additional day off if given as one of the 28 days holiday. So the employer pays for it in the end.

    28 days holiday came from the 4 weeks off (4x5 day working week) plus the 8 bank holidays.
     
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    Do you have a link for that as it contradicts the HMRC explanation above which is that a full time worker must have 28 paid days off per year, with no set rules around bank holidays.
     
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    Doesn't need a link. If you don't open on the bank holiday and give staff the day as holiday, you then have to give them a day off as well, or pay them double I suppose.

    If you don't then they haven't had it as a days holiday.
     
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    If an employee is entitled to 28 days off then what is the difference whether it is 28 bank holidays or 28 days of leave and no bank holidays or anywhere inbetween.

    Not sure where double comes from.

    E.g. let's say a company gives 20 days holiday plus the 8 bank. Then there are now 9 bank holidays so discretionary holiday is dropped to 19 - no net change?
     

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