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South Korea Encourages May 2017 Public Holidays

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017


The Ministry of Labor of the Government of South Korea has announced that it was encouraging employers and employee unions to come to an agreement whereby Tuesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 4, 2017, could be treated as temporary non-working public holidays in South Korea, thus creating a 9-day period of non-working public holidays in South Korea, from Saturday, April 29, until Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Last year, after some hesitation (2016-04-25), the Government of South Korea declared Friday, May 6, 2016, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Orimal (Children's Day) South Korean public holiday with the subsequent weekend and thus create a 4-day period of South Korean non-working public holidays and boost the economy (2016-04-28), thus amending the list of the official dates of 2016 South Korean annual non-working public holidays for 2016, as announced by the Government of South Korea, the previous winter (2014-12-12).

Similarly, the previous summer (2015-08-04), the South Korean government had approved a proposal (2015-08-02) to declare Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation, thus similarly amending the list of the official dates of 2015 South Korean annual non-working public holidays (2014-12-12).

However, this year, the government of South Korea seems intent on letting employers and employee unions come to an arrangement without the need for the government to declare one or more one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea as it did in 2015 and 2016.


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