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One Step Closer To Matariki Holiday


Workers across the country are celebrating today as the
Labour Government take a further step towards their
pre-election commitment to make Matariki a public
holiday.

The Government have announced that the first
Matariki public holiday will be on 24 June 2022 and the date
will change every year, similar to Easter.

E tū
Co-President Muriel Tunoho says a mid-winder public holiday
is long overdue.

“After Queen’s Birthday, Kiwi
workers don’t get a public holiday until Labour Day in
October. Matariki will give people a much-needed ray of
sunshine in the middle of winter,” Muriel
says.

“We are very happy that this will be a new
public holiday. Matariki is unique and indigenous to
Aotearoa and it is a very positive way our nation can all
embrace it together.”

Muriel says that while the
Government are making good progress on some workplace
relations issues, other urgent issues remain.

“While
an extra public holiday is fantastic news, E tū continues
to campaign for many other changes that will fundamentally
improve workplace relations in Aotearoa, such as the
implementation of Fair Pay Agreements, paying the Living
Wage to all workers in the public service, and strengthening
industrial
democracy.”

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