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Netherlands Mulls Annual May 5 Public Holiday

Source: Netherlands Info Services (Amsterdam)
Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014


The "Comité 4 en 5 mei", the committee which organizes the commemorations for the end of World War II in the Netherlands, has come out in support of the movement to make Liberation Day a nationwide annual non-working public holiday in the Netherlands.

A few years ago (2010-05-06), a majority of the parties in the Dutch Parliament had responded favorably to the Dutch Labour (PvdA) leader, Job Cohen, proposing that May 5th should become a general public holiday every year.

Currently May 5th is only a general public holiday in the Netherlands every 5 years (2010, 2015, 2020,...). On other years, the status of the holidays depends on sectorial collective bargaining agreements, with the public sector and many large companies generally having the day off.

A similar proposal in 2007 was rejected due to lack of support by the PvdA. After the change of heart of the PvdA in 2010, it was hoped that the change may have been made effective starting in 2011. But, of course, this did not come to pass.


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