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May 1st Public Holiday Maintained In Zurich Canton

Source: Tages Anzeiger (Zürich)
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: October 26, 2012

The Consultative Commission (Kommission des Kantonsrates) of Switzerland's Zürich Canton has rejected an SVP motion to cancel the May 1st public holiday and replace it with a "joker" holiday to be chosen from a shortlist of other possible commemorative dates.

The motion, tabled early last year (2008-01-13), was meant to avoid the annual leftist riots that cause widespread damages in Switzerland's financial capital, Zürich.

May 1st, or Labour Day, is currently an official public holiday in 9 of Switzerland's Cantons: Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Jura, Neuchâtel, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, and Zürich.

A parliamentary initiative to make May 1st a national public holiday was defeated in 2001 (2001-11-12).

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