Source:Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi)
Posted: Saturday, December 9, 2017 Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Director of the Department of Labor Safety at the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Ha Tat Thang, has announced that the Vietnamese public holidays calendar for 2018 has been submitted by MOLISA to the Government of Vietnam for consideration and will be published "in a few days".
Today's announcement hints at, but does not officially confirm last month's statement (2017-11-24) by Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, that the unanimous recommendation of the 6 ministries concerned, for Option 2, of the earlier proposal by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam, for the annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, would be validated at the next Cabinet meeting.
Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) draft proposal of the annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, released early this autumn (2017-09-29), as is often the case, contained 2 different options for the annual Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam, but neither of these 2 options included any swapping of weekend days off with bridge working days during the remainder of 2018.
A month later (2017-10-20), MOLISA received feedback from the 6 ministries it had consulted concerning these 2 options, and all 6 concerned ministries replied with a preference for Option 2, the one where the annual Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam would start 2 days before the Lunar New Year.
As per the revised new Labour Code (2010-03-22 and 2009-11-16), adopted at the third session of the 13th National Assembly (2012-06-21), and which took effect on May 1st, 2013, the annual Tet Vietnamese non-working public holidays were extended from 4 to 5 days and, as was the case 2 years ago (2015-10-15) but not in other years (2016-11-21, 2014-11-12 and 2013-12-05), the aforementioned MOLISA draft list of Vietnamese public holidays for 2018, suggests no swap of weekend days for additional public holidays in Vietnam during the Tet 2018.
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