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Malta Weekend Public Holidays Update

Source: The Times of Malta (Valletta)
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Malta's General Workers' Union (GWU) has once again called on whichever party wins the next elections to reverse the 2005 legislation that stopped the practice of declaring a Monday public holiday when a fixed-date public holiday fell on a weekend.

Before 2005, in Malta, a Monday public holiday was declared whenever a fixed-date public holiday fell on a weekend.

But then (2004-12-03 and 2005-01-15), the National Holidays and Other Public Holidays Act (Chapter 252 of the Laws of Malta) was amended, effective on January 1st, 2005, so that "with effect from 1st January, 2005 when a National Holiday or a Public Holiday listed in the Schedule falls on a Saturday or on a Sunday, it shall not be deemed to be a public holiday for the purposes of entitling any person to an additional day of vacation leave".

This legislation was contested repeatedly by the GWU (2005-09-20 and 2007-01-27), but to no avail (2007-10-21), despite a promise by the Malta Labour Party to restore day in lieu public holidays if elected in 2008, an election which they did not win (2007-12-16).


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