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The Businesses Letting Workers ‘swap The Date’ And Work Australia Day

The businesses letting workers ‘swap the date’ and work Australia Day

Dozens of businesses across Australia will let their workers ‘swap the date’ and work on Australia Day.

The Federal Government will also give public servants the option to work on the public holiday.

Businesses allow workers to ‘swap the date’

Woolworths, which employs 160,000 people across the country, has told its staff they can choose to work on January 26 and take another off at the discretion of their manager.

Management said it is “up to each team member to mark the day as it suits them”.

The supermarket giant is the largest single private sector employer to allow staff the option to swap the date.

Woolworths supermarket exterior shop front

Woolworths staff can choose to work on January 26 and take another off at the discretion of their manager.  (Picture: Daria Nipot/IStock)

A Woolworths spokesperson described the company as “proud to be a snapshot of Australian society”.

“And to that end, we recognise the 26th of January means different things to different people,” the spokesperson said.

“We remain focused on our reconciliation commitments including supporting the aims of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Team members who would prefer to work on January 26 and take another day of leave can do so at the discretion of their manager.”

Telstra, BHP, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Network Ten and PwC will also allow staff to swap their Australia Day holiday for another date.

The Albanese government has lifted a ban on public servants substituting official public holidays for religious or cultural reasons.  (Picture: VMJones/IStock)

Public servants

Meanwhile, the Albanese government has lifted a ban on public servants substituting official public holidays for religious or cultural reasons.

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher who is responsible for the public service, said Australia Day was a “great day” but that people had their reasons for wanting to substitute the public holiday.

The enterprise agreement covering Victoria’s public servants allows them to substitute any public holiday for another day if their boss allows it.


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PM says it’s up to workers and bosses

The Prime Minister said “it’s fine” to give workers a choice as to whether they work Australia Day or not.

At a press conference earlier this week, Mr Albanese said it is “a matter between employers and their employees for discussion”.

“So for some employers are saying if you want to work Australia Day, you can have another day off,” he said.

“And I think that’s fine to have some flexibility in the system.”

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