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Eight more days holidays, promises DTI

Six million workers in Britain were promised up to eight extra days annual holiday today - the first four coming in October this year.
The extra days come from new regulations, boosting minimum holiday entitlement from 20 to 24 days per year from October, and to 28 days from April 2009. Part-time workers will be entitled to the extra holidays pro-rata.DTI Employment Relations Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said, 'This extra time off will make a real difference in the lives of hard-working people - a proper rest from work and more time to spend with their families and friends.'Businesses will benefit too - from reduced absenteeism and a workforce who are more motivated and productive,' he said.To make the transition smooth, companies will be able to buy out the additional four extra days introduced from October 2007, but this will cease on 1st April 2009.

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