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I started work at a factory in August, and was told that I’m entitled to 18 days’ holiday. However they say I have used some of my holidays on “statutory days”; is this correct, or am I entitled to statutory days as well as holidays?

You’re entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday per year (ie. 28 working days if you work a five-day week), but no-one is entitled by law to take Bank and public holidays off. Subject to your employment contract your employer can ask you to use some of your annual holiday entitlement on these days. Check what your contract says about holidays; I imagine you started after the beginning of the firm’s “leave year”, and so are allowed your 18 days’ leave within, say, an eight-month period. Discuss this with your personnel department.

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