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Netherlands Antilles Urged To Declare Emancipation Day Public Holiday

Source: Netherlands Antilles Daily Herald (Philipsburg)
Posted: Saturday, July 4, 2009

The President of the Netherlands Antilles Workers Institute for Organised Labour (WIFOL), Theophilus Thompson, and Windward Islands Civil Servants/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) President, William Reed, have announced that they will lobby the government to declare Emancipation Day a public holiday.

One of the reasons for the opposition of the government and business community to the declaration of a new public holiday, is that a new public holiday, Kingdom Day, was declared just last year (2008-05-09).

Although this new public holiday was eventually compensated by the cancellation of the Antilles' Day public holiday (2008-09-12), the business community is still sore about the granting a day in lieu for the Queen's Birthday (2006-04-28) which led to an additional public holiday in 2006.

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