Tue August 21, 2012 12:00am
QUEENSLAND'S Labour Day holiday will be bumped to October by the Newman Government as it brings the state back into line with the nation.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said Labour Day would be celebrated on the first Monday in October next year, with the Queen's Birthday holiday restored to June.
The decision reverses the previous Labor government's move to transfer the Queen's Birthday holiday from June to October, leaving the Labour Day holiday unchanged. That would have meant that Queensland was twice out of sync with the rest of the nation in six weeks because most other eastern states celebrated the June holiday and not May.
Mr Bleijie said the move would "break up the concentration of public holidays that generally fall in April-May, and provide a break to workers in the second half of the year".
"It will mean that the Labour Day public holiday in Queensland will now be the same time as it is in New South Wales, South Australia and the ACT," said Mr Bleijie.
The Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauded the move, saying it would aid commerce by aligning public holidays with other states.
The Courier-Mail revealed in June that the Government was considering the move - a decision that attracted strong support from readers.
But unions last night branded the news "another attack on working people".
Queensland Council of Unions' president John Battams said the move "continued the Government's vindictive and petty attitude towards Queensland workers".
"Labour Day in May is traditionally a day for working people, celebrated in that month to recognise the original achievement of attaining a fair work day for Queenslanders," Mr Battams said.
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