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Netherlands May 5 Public Holiday Update

Source: Netherlands Info Services (Amsterdam)
Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: May 5, 2021

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, speaking in the lower house of Parliament of the Netherlands, has indicated that the Dutch Cabinet and the House of Representatives want as many Dutch employees as possible to be released on the Liberation Day public holiday, and that Social Affairs Minister, Wouter Koolmees, would be in discussions with employers and employees about this May 5 public holiday in the Netherlands.

Half a decade ago (2015-03-07 and 2014-10-07), we had reported how the Comité 4 en 5 mei, the committee which organizes the commemorations for the end of World War II in the Netherlands, had come out in support of the movement to make the May 5th, Liberation Day, public holiday a nationwide annual non-working public holiday in the Netherlands.

And a few years before that (2010-05-06), a majority of the parties in the Dutch Parliament had responded favorably to the Dutch Labour (PvdA) leader, Job Cohen, proposing that May 5th should become a general public holiday every year.

Currently (2019-01-08), despite a similar proposal in 2007 was rejected due to lack of support by the PvdA, May 5th is only a general public holiday in the Netherlands every 5 years (2010, 2015, 2020,...). On other years, the status of the holidays depends on sectorial collective bargaining agreements, with the public sector and many large companies generally having the day off.

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