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Bolivian August 8 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

Source: La Razón (La Paz)
Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Bolivian Minister of Labour, Daniel Santalla, has issued a communiqué stating that the upcoming, August 6, annual public holiday would not be moved to Monday, August 8, 2011, due to August 6 falling on a Saturday in 2011.

In the aforementioned communiqué, the Ministerio de Trabajo goes on to specify that there will not be a lunch-free short workday (el día 5 no habrá horario contínuo) on Friday August 5, 2011, either.

The Ministry of Labour has felt the need to clarify matters as many people are confused as to the rules governing the occurrence of fixed-date public holidays on weekends, with Sunday dates usually giving lieu to a day in lieu on the next day (2011-04-15) while this is not the case when fixed-date public holidays fall on a Saturday (2010-04-27).

The Ministry closed its communiqué by justifying keeping Saturday public holidays on their fixed date by the argument that the private sector works a half-day on Saturdays, and therefore having a Saturday non-working public holiday makes sense ("Los trabajadores del sector privado cumplen labores los días sábados hasta el medio día. Entonces ese día es feriado").

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