Closed petition Keep May 4th 2020 as a bank holiday

Ministers are poised to move the May Day bank holiday next year so that it falls on Friday, May 8 — the 75th anniversary of Germany’s unconditional surrender in Europe.Greg Clark, the business secretary, is reported to have asked the chancellor for permission to move the date from Monday, May 4th.

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VE Day marked the formal acceptance by the Allies of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in the Second World War. The Trades Union Congress called for the 75th anniversary to be given a separate bank holiday. Although the origins of the May Day holiday are thought to lie in a Roman festival to mark the start of summer, in modern times the bank holiday has celebrated the struggle for workers’ rights.

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