Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: November 2, 2020
The government of Spain has reached an agreement with the Employers' Union (CEOE) and Labour Unions as to the 3 mid-week 2012 non-working public holiday would be moved to a nearby Monday, thus amending the previously released list of official national public holidays in Spain for 2012.
As per the aforementioned agreement the 3 Spanish public holidays which will be moved to a nearby Monday in 2012 are: August 15 (Asunción), el November 1st (Todos los Santos) and December 6 (Día de la Constitución). Note that, no decision has been made yet as to which Monday these public holidays will be moved to (although there seems to be a consensus among commentators to think that the August 15, 2012, public holiday will move to Monday, August 13.
The selection of only these 3 public holidays, despite the fact that other Spanish public holidays fall mid-week in 2012, was due to the confines of Article 37 of Spain Statute of the Employee (Estatuto del Trabajador) which specifically refers to 4 Spanish public holidays as inexpungeable ("en cualquier caso, se respetarán como fiestas de ámbito nacional las de la Natividad del Señor, Año Nuevo, Primero de Mayo, como Fiesta del Trabajo, y 12 de octubre, como Fiesta Nacional de España").
The move to get rid of bridge and aqueduc holidays was initiated in Catalonia last fall (2011-10-08) and is similar to a more radical move by the government of Portugal (2011-12-01).
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Spain 2012 National Public Holidays Update" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.