Bosses told: 'Do yourself a favour and give them a break'

Big works are going on ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2018
Big works are going on ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2018 Nigel Hallett

COMMONWEALTH Games chairman Peter Beattie wants Queensland businesses to give their staff a holiday during next year's Gold Coast showpiece to ensure packed houses and free-flowing roads.

Channeling music guru Molly Meldrum, Mr Beattie said business owners should "do themselves a favour" and grant leave.

Business owners have been advised to start planning for commuter traffic snarls during the Games and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has already encouraged Brisbane residents travelling down to the Games to stay overnight to ease congestion on the Pacific Motorway.


Then PM Bob Hawke declares unofficial public holiday after 1983 America's Cup win, and right, Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie wants bosses to give workers time off for GC2018
Then PM Bob Hawke declares unofficial public holiday after 1983 America's Cup win, and right, Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie wants bosses to give workers time off for GC2018

Former premier Mr Beattie wants businesses to grant holidays to staff members during the historic event.

He stopped short of former prime minister Bob Hawke's famous cry that any boss who didn't give workers the day off after the America's Cup triumph was a bum, but borrowed Molly's catchphrase.

"To business owners, I would say do yourselves a favour and give your employees a holiday," he said.

"This is going to be a key to making the transport system work by getting as many cars as possible off the roads.

"And if it gives employees more of a chance to be part of the biggest event in Queensland in their lifetime, then it's win-win for everybody."

Take some time off to hang out with the GC2018 mascot.
Take some time off to hang out with the GC2018 mascot. Daniel McKenzie


Games organisers are expecting 1.5 million people on the Gold Coast during the April 2018 extravaganza, which will be a taxing test of the city's transport network, even with the second stage of the light rail system expected to be finished early next year.

Mr Beattie acknowledged many businesses, particularly in hospitality, would need all hands on deck during the Games, but said there was a great opportunity for others to encourage staff to take time off.

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