My office normally shuts over the Xmas period and we get these days off on top of our standard holiday days. The email went out today saying what the closing dates are and said that this would be the last year that we would get these discretionary days.
I guess this means they will be changing our contracts during the course of next year - is this a matter of them just issuing new ones or should there be any consultation?
This year we are getting 4 days, previous years has been more actually.
I think Hairy is right. However, I think you need to get clarity whether they still plan to close, and require you to keep holiday back, or whether they are just saying that they won't totally close except on bank holidays.