One of the perks of my job is long service leave. In addition to the regular, annual leave, I accrue extra leave, which I was able to access after working for my employer for seven years.
I thought LSL was just to reward people for staying with one employer for an extended time. And, naively, I thought everyone got it. As in all the western world. Not just everyone who was permanently employed in Australia.
Turns out it’s pretty unique to Australia.
I love what Wikipedia says about it; LSL remains one of the great entitlements for working Australians. (My emphasis.)
I think we have to give a big shout out to our union movement who fought for all permanent employees in Australia to get this and who have fought for us to keep this entitlement.
Apparently LSL may relate to our colonial heritage, with Victorian and South Australian civil servants given the opportunity to sail home to England after 10 years’ service in ‘the colonies’. The extended time being necessary given the long sailing time. They probably had to add perks to get people to SA! Sorry croweaters but let’s face it, no one wanted to go there st the start.
LSL gradually expanded to other states, after federation. When the NSW Minister for Labour and Industry introduced the legislation after WWII, he said one purpose was to reduce labour turnover.
Well that’s worked in Mr S and my case. I currently have Mr S, who’s worked for the one employer longer than me and who has worked more years than me without any breaks of service has.
We used LSL to travel to London in 2015, (in a nod to the colonial heritage! Lol) We used some LSL for our tenth wedding anniversary when we went on a cruise. I also used some to help my son through his high school final exams. Good mum that I am!
So what’s next?
This year we are taking four and a half weeks, combined with two weeks of school break, to travel to France! That’ll be five and half weeks of travel with a few extra days at home to get ready! Makes the long haul flight worth the trip.
My plan is to use LSL every second year for a trip overseas.
- 2015 London
- 2017 France
- 2019 ???
Mr S would like to ski in North America and visit places in the US. I’d like to visit Italy and do the Cinque Terre walk.
But hey, that’s years away. Let’s look to this year’s trip. In coming posts I will share my dreams and plans and organisation.