Replacement of May 1 on Sunday: Berlin wants to offer itself a catch-up vacation

Replaces May 1 on Sunday
Berlin wants to treat itself to a catch-up vacation

May 1 falls on a Sunday this year. What might appeal to employers causes frustration for many employees. Die Linke wants to change this and is committed to ensuring that public holidays can be made up for. Labor Senator Kipping has already announced concrete plans for Berlin.

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday – like May Day this year – employees are at a disadvantage. This is exactly what Berlin Labor Senator Katja Kipping wants to change in the future, at least in the federal capital. “It would be fair if public holidays that fall on a Sunday are made up for on the following working day as a replacement public holiday,” the left-wing politician told the “Tagesspiegel”. “It’s about giving back to employees something that was coincidentally taken away from them in the schedule,” Kipping continues.

In many countries – including Britain, Belgium and Luxembourg – public holidays falling on a weekend are made up for on the next working day. In Germany, the definition of public holidays is mainly up to the federal states – with the exception of German Unity Day on October 3. As the “Tagesspiegel” reported, Kipping sees legislative jurisdiction in his case in the Land of Berlin.

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” that the topic of catch-up holidays “is not a top priority for the federal government at the moment”, although he does not find the debate “not at all unsympathetic.” . On Labor Day, the fact is that work has value and dignity, Heil said, referring to the minimum wage increase to 12 euros scheduled for October 1.

“No one will be missed in Die Linke”

In Bavaria, Kipping’s proposal met with strong criticism. This decision “shows once again that Die Linke will not be missed by anyone”, commented Bavarian Labor Minister Ulrike Scharf. Similar suggestions have not been made by anyone in Bavaria, at least so far. “For us, public holidays are more part of the Bavarian way of life and go back to centuries-old customs and traditions. Arbitrary change would not be appropriate.”

The debate on catch-up vacations had picked up speed in recent days. Some politicians promoted the idea, including Kipping’s party colleague Jan Korte. The left will soon take action in parliament “so that there are no more public holidays in the future and that social cohesion in the country is strengthened”, said the first parliamentary leader of the faction of left in the Bundestag early last week from the “Rheinische Post”.

Left-wing politician Kipping also received an endorsement from her office and party colleague Heike Werner from Thuringia. “Holidays that fall on a weekend should be made up for on a weekday. I agree with the request. In all jobs, the burden is constantly increasing. Now is a good time to do something to relieve the employees,” Werner said Saturday, adding that such regulations should apply nationwide.

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