University staff given option to work on national holiday
The university announced on Monday 9 January that it would offer all fixed-term and permanent employees the flexibility to work rather than taking the day as a public holiday, citing the painful associations it may have for indigenous communities. Employees who choose to work can instead take leave on 27 January or 30 January.
The announcement – which follows consultation with staff unions – comes after some major businesses introduced similar policies.
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