5.6 Special Holidays for Long Service

5.6.1 A worker shall be entitled to special holidays as follows:

    1. one special holiday of two weeks after the completion of 15 years and before the completion of 25 years of continuous service within the state education service.
    2. one special holiday of three weeks after the completion of 25 years and before the completion of 35 years of continuous service within the state education service.
    3. one special holiday of five weeks after the completion of 35 years' continuous service within the state education service.

5.6.2 Should a worker have completed 25 years of continuous service within the state education service prior to the date of this Agreement, he/she shall not be entitled to the special holiday provided for in paragraph (i) of subclause 5.6.1. Should a worker have completed 35 years of continuous service within the state education service prior to the effective date of this Agreement, he/she shall not be entitled to the special holiday provided for in paragraphs (i) and (ii) of subclause 5.6.1.

5.6.3 All such special holidays provided for in 5.6.1 shall be on ordinary weekly pay as defined by the Holidays Act 2003, and may be taken in one or more periods and at such time or times as may be agreed by the employer and the worker.

5.6.4 If a worker, having become entitled to a special holiday, leaves his/her employment before such holiday has been taken, he/she shall be paid in lieu thereof.

5.6.5 The provisions of this clause shall not apply where an employer has in operation, or brings into operation, an alternative scheme for rewarding service which is not less favourable to the worker than the foregoing.

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