Just read in the Huff Post US that theUS is the only industrialised country which dos not guarantee its workers paid vacations.
As an Aussie, I find that astounding. Will some one explain rationally, why that is the case?
.New Zealand is called “The land of the long white cloud”
Australia is called"The land of the long week end". In fact, Monday June 10 is a national public holiday in Oz. The Queen’s Official birthday, I think. The state of Victoria has a public holiday for The Melbourne Cup, the biggest horse race on the Australian calendar . Not to be outdone, a few years ago, one of our pork barrelling politicians gave South Australia a public holiday for the Adelaide Cup, an relatively insignificant horse race.
Fully paid vacations; If you are a full time employee, you are entitled to 20 days a year fully paid vacation. As far as I’m aware, casual employees do not get any paid holidays. Theoretically, casual rates are meant to be higher to allow for that.
‘Long Service Leave’ was first introduced in Australia in 1860, available to Civil servants only . Apparently, the idea was to allow these men to go home to England fora visit. . Until 1970, female members of the Australian Civil Service had to resign once they were married.
The Act has been modified over the years, and varies a bit between states, but not in principle.
In South Australia; A full time employee, government or private so is entitled to 13 WEEKS fully paid leave, after 10 years of service. Pro rata payment is due after 7 years should an employee leave.
Long service leave continues to accrues at 9 days a year for every year after ten years. It maybe taken immediately it becomes due, or at any other time ,at the discretion of the employee, not the employer.
I just did a bit of searching; apparently, the national cost of Long service leave in 2002 was 16.5 $billion.
OF course I’m aware that many people see the Australian paid vacation system as overly generous. I see it as just.
YES Australia has some socialist-type benefits, but none which are incompatible with a democracy.