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Bank holiday cancellation has contract implications says union

Tynwald motion to reverse decision defeated

The Island's largest trade union has criticised government for 'breaching contractual obligations' on the removal of the Senior Race Day bank holiday.

Unite says the 'unilateral decision' to replace it with a new holiday in August has implications for employees rights, and was done without any consultation.

A Tynwald motion by Claire Barber MHK to reverse the decision was defeated yesterday (12 May).

Unite's regional officer, Debbie Halsall, says any changes to bank holidays should be made in consultation with workers:

The health minister says any perceived communication issues are down to the fast pace of developments relating to coronavirus.

David Ashford was responding to a question from Manx Radio at last night's media briefing, following criticism government wasn't communicating well enough with third parties.

Mr Ashford says the nature of the Covid-19 crisis means decisions aren't being made in the normal way:

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