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PM approves 7 day Tet holiday

Released at: 14:47, 17/11/2016

PM approves 7 day Tet holiday

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Labor ministry proposal for seven days off from January 26 to February 1 given green light by PM.

by Luong Nhi

The Prime Minister has approved a proposal from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) granting seven days off for the upcoming Tet holiday.

State officials will be off from January 26 to February 1. As January 28 (Saturday) and 29 (Sunday) are the first and second days of the lunar new year, State officials will have two extra days off, on January 31 and February 1.

The Prime Minister requested that State agencies arrange tasks to ensure their workload is not interrupted and they call fully serve people and enterprises.

MoLISA previously submitted two plans for the Tet holiday. In the first, State officials were to have seven days off from January 26 to February 1, while the second was for ten days from January 27 to February 5.

Public holidays in Vietnam include New Year’s Day in the solar calendar (one day), Tet (five days), Reunification Day on April 30 (one day), International Labor Day on May 1 (one day), Independence Day on September 2 (one day), and Hung King’s Day (one day), for a total of ten days, according to MoLISA.

Holidays close to weekends make breaks even longer. For example, this year workers had three days off for New Year’s Day in the solar calendar, including weekends, nine days off at Tet, three days off for Hung King’s Day, four days off for Liberation Day and International Labor Day, and three days off for Independence Day, for a total of 22 days.

In 2010 the Prime Minister agreed to extra days off when public holidays fall on weekends, so that workers may have longer holidays, especially those who work far from their home town. 

Associate Professor Nguyen Huu Tri, Deputy Director of the Academy of Social Sciences, believes that Vietnamese have too many days off, which affects labor productivity. Though daily productivity is high, when workers have too many days off it affects annual productivity.

Figures from the International Labor Organization (ILO) show that labor productivity in Vietnam in 2013 was 15 times less than in Singapore, eleven times less than in Japan, ten times less than in South Korea, five times less than in Malaysia, and 2.5 times less than in Thailand.

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