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Ukraine Mulls Mulls May 2 Public Holiday Cancelation

Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine (Kiev)
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017


The parliamentary Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Protection of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (unicameral parliament), has forwarded the draft law on the revision of the Labor Code to the full floor with the recommendation that the annual, May 2, non-working public holiday in the Ukraine be canceled, a position supported my lawmakers of the Narodny Front.

A similar proposal came under consideration, last year (2016-06-01), by the Verkhovna Rada, the draft law No.4722 "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (regarding the reduction of the number of public holidays and weekends)", which would have removed the annual public holidays of May 1, 2 and 9 from the annual list of non-working public holidays of the Ukraine, to be replaced by a new annual non-working public holiday in the Ukraine on May 8, the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. But the draft law No.4722 was at the time rejected by that same parliamentary Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Protection.

A similar, but more radical, draft law "On public holidays in Ukraine", submitted earlier this year (2017-01-31), by the Institute of National Remembrance of the Ukraine (IPN), would have canceled the March 8 and May 9 annual non-working public holidays of the Ukraine as part of the on-going purging of Soviet-era legacy. That proposal died in committee.

Regardless of the outcome of the present proposal, it is certain that its passage would come too late to amend the previously-released list of non-working public holidays in the Ukraine for 2017, which was released last November (2016-11-15and 2016-08-17), by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine in the Resolution of 16 November 2016, Number 850 "On transfer of working days in 2017", and which specified the official list of 2017 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, including additional one-off non-working public holidays in the Ukraine.


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