The Dominica Association of Industry & Commerce is not recommending transfer of the January 2 optional Merchants’ break to Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.
This release is in response to several inquiries being made regarding Monday, Jan. 3 as a dies non. Notwithstanding this position taken, the Chamber recognizes that the decision to open or close on Monday is for the individual enterprise to take as the break is not a public holiday in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
“Merchants’ Holiday in general and the fact that it falls on Sunday this time around may just be the opportune time for social partners to look at the totality of non-productive breaks in Dominica,” says Achille Chris Joseph, CEO of the DAIC.
“Several laws already provide for annualized non-productive breaks in Dominica as follows:
Every Sunday – 52 days
Other Public Holidays – 12 days
Minimum Vacation – 12 days
Maternity Leave – 72 days
Certified Sick Leave – 36 days
Industrial Injury – 156 days
Compassionate Leave – 2 days
“Other leaves provided for in industrial agreements include: jury services, sporting activities, paternal leave, union leave, study leave, family emergencies and uncertified sick leave.
“How can we speak of productivity, competitiveness and enterprise development in an environment of such negative drivers? In my humble and personal view, we cannot comfortably pursue wealth creation in this environment,” the CEO continued.
Merchants who choose to trade on Monday would not wrong any law if they do trade.