Business as usual

No holiday in the diary
No holiday in the diary

Falkirk Council staff will be hard at work while the rest of the country marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a public holiday.

As millions of people treat themselves to a lie in on Tuesday, June 5, it will be business as usual for Falkirk Council employees - and the area’s schoolchildren - after members of the authority’s policy and resources committee decided not to add the holiday.

Granting an extra public holiday would have cost an estimated £220,000.

It was a price the council was not prepared to pay.

The major decision - taken at a meeting on Tuesday - followed an online consultation last year involving employees, parent councils and community councils.

Trade unions were also consulted and stated an additional holiday should not be awarded.

Gray Allan, Unison secretary at Falkirk Council, said: “We are content with this decision. We took the view, given the local authority was telling us they were in dire financial straits, it wouldn’t be cost effective to have an additional public holiday.

“It just seemed a bit bizarre to be honest. There will be plenty of other opportunities to celebrate the jubilee.”

But the decision was not without controversy. however.

See this week’s Falkirk Herald for the full story.