Victorian Government declares Christmas Day a public holiday

25 November 2016
Maurice Blackburn has commended the Victorian Government’s decision to make Christmas Day a public holiday.

The decision brings Victoria into line with every other state and territory of Australia, and means that Sunday 25 December, Monday 26 December and Tuesday 27 December will all be public holidays this year.

It also means that those who have to work on Christmas Day will receive public holiday penalty rates.

At the forefront of the fight to make Christmas Day a public holiday was Victoria’s biggest union, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), whose campaigning also received widespread public support.

SDA Victorian Secretary Michael Donovan congratulated Premier Daniel Andrews and the government for reconsidering the issue, and “doing the right thing by weekend workers”.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ employment and industrial Senior Associate, Daniel Victory, welcomed the government’s change of heart.

“This is a win for people who have to work on Christmas day and their families,” he said.

“Victorians who have to work on Christmas day and can’t be with their families will now receive public holiday rates.

“We’d like to congratulate the union movement and, in particular, the SDA for making sure the views of these workers were heard.

“The government should also be congratulated for listening to the concerns of the public and taking action.

“This decision is likely to put the Victorian government back on Santa’s ‘nice list’.”

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