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Australia: More APEC Public Holiday Woes

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012


Last year the NSW and federal governments declared Friday, September 7, 2007, would be a public holiday for employees who work in the Sydney metropolitan area, to help minimize disruption during the APEC summit. Following earlier reports that the State Government's one-off APEC holiday was in disarray, the NSW government will draft legislation to ensure no workers lose a day's pay as a result of the APEC public holiday, as "a small number of awards do not recognize a regional public holiday", provided the Labor Party is re-elected in the intervening election.

Sydney's eastern distributor and sections of the M5 motorway will be closed during the event, which involves US President George W Bush and the other 20 APEC leaders.

Mr Della Bosca said a re-elected Labor government would draft legislative amendments to prevent some NSW workers from losing a day's pay as a result of the holiday. "A small number of awards do not recognise a regional public holiday," Mr Della Bosca said.

The APEC public holiday in Sydney had been announced a last year ago (2006-09-12).



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