Monday, 2 January 2012

December 'bridge' to be eliminated

SPAIN Business leaders and labor unions have reached an agreement that will do away with the December "macropuente," the several-day midweek mini-vacation traditionally enjoyed by Spaniards in the first week of December for Constitution Day on the 6th, followed by a holiday commemorating the religious Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th, with a "bridge" day in between. This year's fell on Tuesday and Thursday respectively, which meant a whole week off for lots of employees, many of whom called in sick. Other holidays that come in the middle of the week are also in the sights of the Government to be moved to a Monday: these will be the August 15, November 1 and, of course, the one on December 8.

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