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Up to two million of the lowest paid workers could get an extra eight days leave a year under government plans.
The government on 13 June launched a consultation on proposals to ensure that workers get to take paid leave for bank holidays in addition to the statutory four weeks annual leave.
Employment relations minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: 'Paid holiday leave is essential to allow people work-life balance and a way to take time out for themselves.' He added: 'I hope that businesses, unions and individuals will take part in this consultation and give us their views so that we can work together to introduce this new right without placing unnecessary burdens on business.'
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said the move was 'a victory for union campaigning and was one of the key commitments made by the government. The changes mean up to two million workers will get a well-deserved extra eight days' paid holiday a year.' He added: 'The proposals will also close the loophole which allowed mean bosses to force staff to take bank holidays from their four weeks' annual leave. They will no longer be able to do this and all full time employees can look forward to a minimum of 28 days' holiday a year.