No festival shutdown: More than ever working on Christmas

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Melbourne, Dec 25 (UNI) This Christmas as you open your presents, make last minute arrangements for flamboyant celebrations and greet friends happily, spare a thought for an increasing breed of humans working on the festive day.

Statistics have revealed that the number of people working on Christmas Day was following an upward trend over the past decade and now more people were working on the day than ever before.

Christmas and New Year would be just another days for those in the media, health, hospitality industries, manufacturing plants, the resources industry and contract work.

Besides there, several other industries were ignoring the traditional festival season shutdown.

''More people than ever before will be at work this Christmas Day, reflecting the changing nature of the way we live our lives,'' The Age quoted Australian Workers' Union National Secretary Paul Howes as saying.

The increasing casualisation of workplaces had led to the change.

Moreover, insecurity about job future resulted in working festival days.

However, it should be remembered that even workers employed in these industries or those working in hotels and restaurants have families. Yet their work helps keep the country ticking over while the rest of us are off enjoying ourselves.

UNI

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