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Portugal Public Holidays Changes Take Effect

Source: Governo de Portugal (Lisboa)
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Updated: Saturday, February 29, 2020


The Portuguese Government's amendments to the Labour Code to increase competitivity, in part by cancelling 4 annual non-working public holidays, takes effect today.

Last spring (2012-05-09), and after much hesitation and debate (2011-10-15, 2011-07-03, 2011-12-01, 2012-01-18, 2012-03-12 and 2011-11-14), a quadripartite agreement was reached to cancel the following annual Portuguese non-working public holidays: Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st).

These will be canceled for 5 years (2013-2017) and at the end of that period the issue will be revisited ("A suspensão de quatro feriados, concretizada esta terça-feira, com o anúncio do acordo entre o Governo português e a Santa Sé, será reavaliada ao fim de cinco anos").



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