homeworldwide public holidaysnews and updatesjamaica > this page

Jamaica Tending Towards Days In Lieu For Saturday Public Holidays

Source: The Jamaica Observer (Kingston)
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 24, 2010

Jamaica's Labour and Social Security Minister, Pearnel Charles, has announced that Monday, August 3, 2009, would be a public holiday in Jamaica, as the August 1st Emancipation Day public holiday falls on a Saturday in 2009.

Most interestingly, he went on to say that his government's position was that public holidays falling on a Saturday should be given a day in lieu on the following Monday, a stark reversal of the information campaign of the mid-80's when the JIS (Jamaican Information Services) went on a campaign to educate the nation that only when a holiday fell on a Sunday, would its celebration be moved to the following Monday.

Labour Day 2009, another public holiday, falling on a Saturday in 2009, had already been announced as being observed the following Monday (2009-01-08).

The Minister made no mention, though, of Boxing Day (December 26) which also falls on a Saturday in 2009.

Links and References

Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Jamaica Tending Towards Days In Lieu For Saturday Public Holidays" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.