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Germany Considering Day In Lieu Public Holidays

Source: Der Deutsche Bundestag (Berlin)
Posted: Monday, February 1, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: August 23, 2021

In 2021, many of Germany's public holidays will fall on a weekend. With Labour Day (May 1), German Unity Day (October 3) and the 2 annual Christmas holidays (December 24 and 25) being lost, German politicians from different parties are pushing for Germany's Working Hours Act to be amended to introduce compensation regulations for public holidays which land over the weekend.

According to Social Democratic Parliamentary group vice chairman, Dirk Wiese, compensating the 2021 public holidays falling on a weekend "would be a recognition and a simple corona bonus if the following Monday were then free for workers".

The leader of the Left Party (die Linke), Jörg Schindler, goes even further, calling for the compensation of weekend public holidays to extend beyond 2021, as was proposed in 2018, when the Left Party introduced a motion to declare day in lieu public holidays whenever a fixed-date annual public holiday falls on a weekend.

The Greens', for their part, added via their labour market policy spokesperson, Beate Müller-Gemmeke, that "Holidays are days of rest for people".

In 2008, the date of May Day and Ascension fell on the same date. Neighboring Belgium eventually declared the next day, May 2nd, as a one-off public holiday (2008-01-29, 2008-01-10, 2007-04-24 and 2007-04-23), but Germany did not declare a day in lieu public holiday on that occasion (2007-11-18).

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