Queensland, We’re Getting A New Public Holiday!
If the Government gets its way, Queenslanders can add another public holiday to their calendar.
In new legislation to be introduced to Parliament, the State Government plans to make Easter Sunday a public holiday.
However, not everyone’s happy about the change.
The Labor Government has been accused of trying to sneak the legislation through and it's “sparked a war” with businesses according to The Courier Mail.
The paper reports that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s Nick Behrens said they’ll be fighting the proposal, which he said was “anti-business and certainly anti-jobs”.
“A new public holiday for Easter Sunday will impose significant costs on small business and the Queensland economy,” Mr Behrens said.
According to the CCIQ, the additional cost would amount to at least $53 million.
They claim wages would increase by 43% for hospitality and 25% for retailers.
Mr Brehens said it will create “ghost towns” with many employers electing to simply close down for the four day period over Easter.
It’s believed the amendments to the Industrial Relations Bill will be introduced by Employment Minister Grace Grace on Thursday.