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Mexico Considering 2010 Public Holiday Date Change

Source: Contacto Digital (Mexico City)
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: April 17, 2010

The Comisión de Trabajo y Previsión Social of Mexico's House of Deputies is to consider a bill that would change the date of the November Revolution Day public holiday, in 2010.

The bill, authored by deputy Ricardo Sánchez Gálvez (PAN), would amend the relevant public holidays legislation (the artículo 74 de la Ley Federal del Trabajo) so that next year's Revolution Day public holiday would be observed on Monday, November 22, 2010, rather than the date of Monday, November 15, 2010, as is currently the case under the 2006 revisions to the Labour Code of Mexico (2006-01-17).

Note that the event commemorated by this annual, November, public holiday, is the November 20, 1910, anniversary of its Revolution, when the war to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Díaz, began. The proposed bill argues that having the November 20 holiday observed on the 15th of November, particularly on the centenary of the commemorated event, would cause the commemoration to lose its significance.

This is a variant of the arguments used, in the past (2007-03-14 and 2009-06-07), to reverse this, and 2 other, public holidays to their fixed dates, as was the case before 2006.

Finally, note that there is a typographical error in the bill, authored by deputy Ricardo Sánchez Gálvez, where it states that "Como excepción a lo dispuesto por la fracción VI, durante 2009 el día de descanso obligatorio será el viernes 19 de noviembre", despite the fact that November 19 is a Thursday in 2009.

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