Source:Órgano Oficial del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba (Granma)
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Cuba's Council of Ministers has issued a communique indicating that, pending the taking effect of recent changes to Cuba's public holidays legislation, it had decided to declare Friday, April 18, 2014, the date of the upcoming Good Friday holiday, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Cuba.
Following the 1998 visit to Cuba of former Pope John-Paul II, Christmas was restored as a non-working public holiday in Cuba (1998-12-02). Then, last year (2012-03-31), Cuba's Council of Ministers issued a communique indicating that, as recently requested by Pope Benedict XVI (2012-03-28), it had decided to declare Friday, April 6, 2012, the date of the upcoming Good Friday holiday, as a one-off non-working public holiday (receso laboral) in Cuba. This one-off public holiday in Cuba for Good Friday was repeated this year (2013-03-18).
Last summer (2013-08-10), the Cuban government then released a draft version of a new Labor Law, which enshrines the one-off religious public holidays declared over the past 15 years. The thus amended new Labor Law of Cuba now specifies that both Christmas Day and Good Friday are official non-working public holidays in Cuba. The Cuban government approved and gazetted these amendments late last year (2013-12-20).
However the aforementioned changes to Cuba's Labour Law as regards non-working public holidays in Cuba, will only take effect on June 1, 2014, leaving open the question of whether Good Friday, 2014 was to be declared as an official non-working public holiday in Cuba,
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