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Panama Mulls May Day Public Holiday Move

Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City)
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Most recent follow-up news item: April 29, 2014

The government of Panama, through its Secretaría de Prensa de Estado, has announced that it is considering once again moving the upcoming, Labour Day, this year, from Thursday, May 1st, 2014, to Monday, May 5, 2014.

Last year (2013-04-18), as per the Decreto Ejecutivo No. 233 de 18 de abril de 2013, signed by Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli and the Panamanian Minister of the Interior Jorge Ricardo Fábrega, the declaration of Monday, April 29, 2013, as a non-working public holiday throughout Panama ("ordenó el cierre de las oficinas públicas y privadas a nivel nacional"), was made to create a long weekend and thus stimulate internal tourism ("para que... se favorezca el desarrollo del turismo interno a nivel nacional y la convivencia familiar").

This year's government decision, if it occurs, would be based on Bill 351 which became the Ley 70 de 28 de diciembre de 2007 (2007-12-30, 2007-11-29, and 2007-11-22) and aims to restore bridge holidays (días puente) by moving the January 9 and November 28 annual non-working public holidays to the nearest Monday, if their set fixed date falls in the middle of the week, and giving the government discretionary power to do the same for other annual non-working public holidays ("potestad del Ejecutivo decretar días puentes sobre las fechas de fiesta o duelo").

However, until the past 2 years (2013-04-18 and 2012-04-27), when the government of Panama moved the Labour Day, non-working public holiday to Monday, April 30, 2012, and to Monday, April 29, 2013, the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajador), had never before been moved. In 2008, the idea was ruled-out outright (2008-04-19) and in 2009, after some hesitation (2009-04-21), Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, decided not to move the May 1st public holiday (2009-04-24).

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