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FEDUSA calls for extra public holiday

Tuesday 27 December 2011 declared a public holiday in SA

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is pleased to announce that the acting President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, has granted workers in South Africa an additional public holiday this year. 

 “It came to our attention that during 2011, working South Africans will only enjoy 11 out of the 12 paid public holidays. One of our Affiliates, the National Union of Leather and Allied Workers (NULAW) raised the point that Christmas falls on a Sunday in 2011 and, in terms of the Public Holidays Act it would mean that the subsequent Monday would be a public holiday. However, Monday 26 December 2011 is the Day of Goodwill, meaning that it falls outside the ambit of the Public Holidays Act as it stands. The last time this occurred was in December of 2005,” explained FEDUSA General Secretary, Dennis George.

In March of 2008, FEDUSA was also instrumental in pointing out that Good Friday and Human Rights Day fell on the same day. FEDUSA’s request to consider adding an official public holiday that year was granted by the former President, Thabo Mbeki.

 “Only the President of the Republic of South Africa could proclaim 27 December 2011 a paid Public Holiday. FEDUSA is very pleased that working South Africans will be able to enjoy their full twelve paid public holidays and believe this gesture will go a long way to strengthen workers’ morale in a difficult socio-economic environment,” concluded George.

FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry.  See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.

For more information:

Dennis George (General Secretary)

084 8051529

Anja Muller-Deibicht (Media and Communications)

073 713 6173