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GOVERNMENT DECISION TO COMMEMORATE LABOUR DAY ON THE 7TH OF MAY INSTEAD OF THE 1ST OF MAY 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 April 2018 09:53
By Gazette (Extraordinary) No. 2066/17 dated 10th April 2018, the Minister of Home Affairs, in terms of the provisions of the Holidays Act No. 29 of 1971 has declared that “…..the Public and Bank Holiday fallen on Tuesday, the 1st of May 2018 for International Labour Day is cancelled due to the Vesak Week scheduled from 26th April 2018 to 2nd May 2018 and Monday, 7th May shall be a Public and Bank Holiday to celebrate International Labour Day”.  

In terms of this declaration, the 7th of May shall be a statutory holiday for the public and bank sectors.

Similarly, employers whose workers’ terms are regulated by the Shop & Office Employees Act and the Decisions of the Wages Boards (i.e. in relation to the decisions which have been stipulated for relevant trades) shall be required to consider the 7th of May as the statutory holiday declared to celebrate the International Labour Day.  This obligation arises in terms of the related provisions stipulated in the Shop & Office Employees Act and the Wages Boards Ordinance, respectively.

In the case of workers whose terms and conditions are not covered by either of the above laws, members are encouraged to follow past practice.  It is recommended that 7th of May be considered as the holiday on account of Labour Day. 

Accordingly, the 1st May will be considered as a working day for all of the above categories.  

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