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Chilean Government Will Not Support Inalienable September 17 Public Holiday

Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Posted: Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Chilean Minister of Labor, Patricio Melero, speaking at a meeting of the National Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of Chile (Conapyme), announced that the Government would not support the recent Chilean Chamber of Deputies project that seeks to declare the holiday of September 17 as inalienable ("I want to raise a contingent issue, we have discussed it with the Minister of Economy. The Government is not going to support an inalienable holiday on September 17").

Recall that, last week (2021-09-02), the Chilean Chamber of Deputies declared as admissible, by a vote of 59 votes for, 38 against and 7 abstentions, a bill presented by the president of the House Labor Commission, Gabriel Silber (DC), that seeks to declare as an inalienable holiday on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Initially declared as a one-off public holiday due to both September 18 and 19 falling on a weekend, a decade ago (2010-07-19, 2010-07-07, 2010-06-30, 2010-06-17, 2010-06-02, 2010-05-13, 2010-03-17, 2009-09-12, 2009-09-04, 2009-05-29 and 2004-09-10), the rule for September 17 was eventually formalized into a bill introduced by Chilean member of Parliament, Ricardo Rincón (DC), to further extend the September "Fiestas Patrias" annual non-working public holidays in Chile by making September 17 a non-working public holiday when both the 18th and 19th fall on a weekend (2012-11-15 and 2012-10-26).

More generally, the September Chilean public holidays are addressed by multiple pieces of legislation, each covering a special case of the 2-day holidays falling on a different weekday (2019-07-31, 2018-07-21, 2016-12-30).

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