Source:Assembleia da República (Lisboa)
Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2016
Most recent follow-up news item: December 15, 2017
The secretary general of Portugal's UGT labour union, Carlos Silva, has announced that his union would accept a delay in the restoration of the 2 religious annual non-working public holidays in Portugal (Corpus Christi and All Saints Day), which were canceled 4 years ago, due to the need to re-negotiate these 2 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal with the Vatican.
The bill which aims to restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal that were canceled as part of the current austerity measures ("Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados"), will be debated in Portugal's Parliament on January 8, 2016. This legislation stems from last November's forced resignation of Portugal's center-right government (2015-11-11), bringing into power a left coalition whose members parties had all supported the recent project ("Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados") to restore the 4 public holidays canceled 4 years ago, before the scheduled year of 2018.
A few years ago (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 is to 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), a ruling which did not deter the leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament, a few months later (2013-12-04), from introducing another bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays.
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