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August 01, 2006

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Peter

These changes merely bring Northern Ireland into line with Great Britain.

I understand that millions of workers in the USA only get two weeks' paid leave per year. How does that square with supporting the family?

DST

Northern Ireland is surely uncompetitive enough without compelling employers to give staff more time out.

This isn't generosity or fairness - this is crippling the country's ability to compete.

Holidays should be a matter of agreement between employer and employed.

smcgiff

This is the situation in the Republic, and I'm surprised it hasn't been the case in NI.

This is, of course, a machiavellian ploy to strip away one of the reasons for a UI!

aileen

Peter,

I agree. I think that the USA situation is bonkers.

David

To be more accurate you should have said, "those of us who LIKE to work as long as possible". I have been told that on the Eurpoean mainland working long hours is considered not a sign of committment but of incompetance, in that you can't get your work done in resonable times. I'm not adverse to working the odd long day if there is something major on, and I often have my best ideas re work, when I'm not actually at work, but by and large, I am much more effective if and when I am not overworking and am taking sufficient time to switch off. I don't own a business but if I did, I would want a group of highly talented, loyal and motivated staff who generally worked no longer than an 8 hr day and had 30 days holiday plus bank holiday off. I think I'd have an overall more effective workforce.

I acknowledge that it's easy for me to say in my situation, not actually owning a business.

willowfield

Judging by the amount of time David spends on this site, he must have plenty of holidays!

David Vance

Should I charge, Willowfield? Would you pay? Or do you like the free access?

class-factotum

"I don't own a business but if I did, I would want a group of highly talented, loyal and motivated staff who generally worked no longer than an 8 hr day and had 30 days holiday plus bank holiday off. I think I'd have an overall more effective workforce."

But what if the competition had people who were willing to work ten-hour days? You wouldn't be in business long. Eight-hour days are not realistic in the private sector, at least not for profitable businesses. And 30 vacation days? Good grief. That's 6 weeks of the year. How do you run a business like that?

No, if you had your own business, I think you would want people with a good work ethic who were willing to do what it took to get the job done, not people who walked out the door every day at 5:00. The point of the business is to make money, not to provide sinecure for the employees who bother to show up. As the owner, you sure wouldn't be working eight-hour days or taking long vacations.

aileen

cf

my point is that I think that if 8 hrs was the norm that my business would be more profitable. The quality of those 8 hrs would be higher.

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