Edinburgh Woollen Mill tells workers they cannot have extra bank holiday to celebrate Queen’s diamond jubilee

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Workers at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill have been told they cannot have an extra bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

GMB has accused the company of behaving meanly towards their hard working and loyal staff particularly since they will be opening their shops to take advantage of the fact that everybody else will be enjoying an additional holiday.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill has more than 5,000 employees at nearly 400 locations across the UK with about 700 of them at the company’s Langholm HQ and the Kingmoor Park distribution centre.

GMB believes that none of the 5,000 staff will be in receipt of an additional days leave for the jubilee. Managers have advised members that they can take the day off using their existing holiday entitlement but that most of their employees will be at work being paid single time for the day.

The Spring Bank Holiday has been moved to Monday 4th June and there is an additional Bank Holiday on Tuesday 5th June to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Many employers have already confirmed that they will give their staff this additional day’s paid holiday and that staff working on that day will be paid premium rates and a day in lieu. Edinburgh Woollen Mill is the only employer to date that GMB is aware of that is refusing to do this.

General secretary Paul Kenny said: “This is a mean act towards their hard working and loyal staff particularly since they will be opening their shops to take advantage of the fact that everybody else will be enjoying an additional holiday that day.

“The least they can do is to give their staff an additional day of holiday and for those who work for them on that day they should get premium rates of pay for that day plus an additional day of holiday in lieu of that.”


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