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Portugal Bill To Restore Public Holidays

Source: Assembleia da República (Lisboa)
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2016


The leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament has introduced a bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays, whose cancellation was recently ruled constitutional.

Last year (2012-08-01), 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 (2012-05-09) led to the cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal: Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st). These 4 annual non-working public holidays were canceled for 5 years (2013-2017). 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").

This was followed by a constitutional challenge to Portugal's cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays, brought by the Communist party and other extreme left parties, but Portugal's constitutional court (Tribunal Constitucional) eventually ruled that the reduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal was constitutional (2013-09-27).



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