Are in­ter­na­tional days to be­come pub­lic hol­i­days?

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS -

Some coun­tries ob­serve in­ter­na­tional days as pub­lic hol­i­days. Why not solve the im­passe about giv­ing back to work­ers (and own­ers/man­agers) a num­ber of days as pub­lic hol­i­days to cel­e­brate in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised spe­cial days in­stead of those pub­lic hol­i­days which fall on week­ends and which had been re­moved in 2008?

What was deemed nec­es­sary at the height of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis should not be kept dur­ing this era of the best times for Malta and Gozo ( l-ah­jar zmien). What was con­sid­ered an ap­pro­pri­ate ‘stealth’ mea­sure at the height of the in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial cri­sis, when, rather than in­tro­duce a week’s wage de­duc­tion, five or more work days were de­ducted from a larger num­ber of eco­nomic agents (work­ers) but which trans­lated to the same thing? As a mea­sure of good­will how about Min­is­ter Bar­tolo tabling in Cab­i­net that In­ter­na­tional Teach­ers’ Day be de­clared a pub­lic hol­i­day as well as In­ter­na­tional Grand­par­ents Day?

I am also sure that peo­ple with dif­fer­ent tal­ents would wel­come recog­ni­tion of the great hard­ships na­ture has thrown at them if in early De­cem­ber, in the week ded­i­cated to high­light­ing their spe­cial needs, one day was also given as a pub­lic hol­i­day. Ad­her­ing to the United Na­tions should be by more prac­ti­cal means than pay­ing lip ser­vice; recognising man­dated UN In­ter­na­tional Days would give a moral boost to this in­sti­tu­tion which per­haps has never be­fore been buf­feted by such strong head­winds. C. Grech

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