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At a recent meeting with members of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD), Finance Minister, Tonio Fenech, re-iterated its position that there would be no return to the policy of "Days in Lieu" (giving the next working day as a holiday whenever a public holiday falls on a week-end).
Before 2005, in Malta, a Monday public holiday was declared whenever a fixed-date public holiday fell on a weekend.
But then (2004-12-03 and 2005-01-15), the National Holidays and Other Public Holidays Act (Chapter 252 of the Laws of Malta) was amended, effective on January 1st, 2005, so that "with effect from 1st January, 2005 when a National Holiday or a Public Holiday listed in the Schedule falls on a Saturday or on a Sunday, it shall not be deemed to be a public holiday for the purposes of entitling any person to an additional day of vacation leave".
This legislation was contested repeatedly by the GWU (2005-09-20 and 2007-01-27), but to no avail (2007-10-21).
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