Any additional 2.5 days work from every public sector worker would improve productivity and help cope with the impact of fewer jobs. It's also patently unfair that some sectors should have different rules to others.
Public sector workers still get 2.5 more bank holidays than the rest of the working population. They get days for Christmas and the Queen's Birthday and 0.5 for Maundy Thursday. No one else in the private or 3rd sectors gets these. They are outdated and yet another example of how the public sector is out of step with everyone else.