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Six long weekends for civil servants in 2015: Cabinet

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved the 2015 calendar for the nation's civil servants, saying that the total number of days off will be 115 and there will be six holidays with at least three days of vacation each.

The Cabinet's Director-General of Personnel Administration (DGPA), the government agency that reviews and approves the calendar for public servants, said yesterday that the 2015 Chinese New Year will be a six-day holiday.

The 2015 holidays with at least three days off are the six-day Chinese New Year, the three-day 228 Memorial weekend, the four-day Children's Day and Tomb Sweeping Day weekend, the three-day Dragon Boat Festival, the three-day Moon Festival and the three-day Double Tenth Day, the administration explained.

Under the previous guidelines there would be fewer holidays next year due to the fact that most of the public holidays fall on weekends. Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), during an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan in March, said he was considering increasing the number of public holidays so people could enjoy "a little happiness."

In light of this, the Ministry of the Interior invited local governments, relevant government agencies and local commercial organizations to discuss making up for the lack of days off in 2015.

The MOI announced in March that whenever a public holiday falls on a weekend, the day before or after the public holiday will be a day off.

The DGPA yesterday echoed the MOI's announcement, saying that it is also applicable for civil servants' calendars.

For example, the 228 Memorial Holiday falls on a Saturday in 2015, so Friday will be a day off, while Children's Day and Tomb Sweeping Day are on a Saturday and Sunday, so Friday and Monday will be additional days off for a four-day holiday.

The administration further said that the calendar should only be applied to public servants, noting, however, that employees who work for state-owned enterprises should also get the same deal.

As for the issue of whether or not military personnel follow the same calendar, the administration said that the annual schedule for military personnel will be arranged by the Ministry of National Defense. The school year calendar for 2015, on the other hand, will be decided by the education departments of local governments, the DGPA added.

Private corporations should arrange the 2015 annual calendar for their employees in accordance with the Labor Standards Act, the DGPA said.

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