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AWU Members Back Public Holiday on Christmas Eve Night

October 18, 2019

AWU members have spoken. Christmas Eve night should be made a public holiday in Queensland.

Thank you to the well over one thousand AWU members who took the time to complete our survey on making Christmas Eve a public holiday after 6pm

Over ninety-nine per cent of members responded in favour of making Christmas Eve night a public holiday.

Many took the time to tell us just how much having a Christmas Eve night public holiday would mean to them and their families.

The AWU made a formal submission to the State Government’s inquiry on behalf of all AWU members.

The union’s submission highlighted how important this change is for members and it clear the AWU supports a Christmas Eve public holiday.


Read The Submission


Here’s what some AWU members had to say in support of making Christmas Eve night Public Holiday:

I believe retail staff should be given the option to work Christmas Eve and those that do should be entitled to penalty rates. I personally have not celebrated Christmas day with my family for 7 years due to working in retail and being told I have to work. My family is a 21 hour drive from where I live and it is physically impossible to get there.
Pamela, Retail

I work in a department that requires 7-day care for our clients. Making sacrifices with family time is standard. I have missed out on so much to care for others. To ask for something of a small nature like this would not be unreasonable. Please make my Christmas this year special.
Corey, Queensland Health

We work hard all year for our industry. They say we need to give 50% to our work and 50% to our home life. If we’re not happy with our home life, we won’t be happy at work. Christmas is a very special time for all families. Our employer should reward us with some extra family time.”
Andrea, Alumina Production

It is a special family time of the year and for those in our industry who work nightshift it would be compensation for having to sleep most of Christmas day and missing out on family celebration and Christian participation.
Angela, Disability Carer

Because I am sacrificing time with friends and family to keep this mining operation running over the Christmas period, that should be rewarded.
Phillip, Mining

It is a night that is meant for being with family. People who are obliged to work should be adequately compensated.
Lee, Social and Community Care

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