STATEMENT: DAIC does not support closure on Monday

CEO of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), Achille Chris Joseph.

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.

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60 Comments

  1. Sum Fing Not Wong
    January 3, 2011

    If the day is not a holiday what is all that hoopla about? If the people of Dominica wishes Jan 2 to be a holiday, simply go after your Parliamentarians. It’s that simple! Why are so many people taking issues with the DAIC? What is it they did or said that was wrong? Have you ever wondered where does the money come from to pay you when there is a public holiday? Let’s suppose for a moment that you run a security firm and Monday is a holiday. The businesses you provide security for are all closed so you do not make money for that day, yet you have to pay your security officers because it is a holiday. Yet, when the security firm increases its fees by a dollar or two, we all bawl.

  2. Worried Sick
    January 2, 2011

    My country men has begun to think. Good decision DAIC. I was really wondering where were you all with all this holiday, which makes us more unproductive than anything else. If we do have business minded people, we will have no problems with the decision. A country like ours have too many holidays. People who complain are just LAZY. One reason why we cannot move. This is a developing country, let us rally around that positive decision.

  3. sick
    January 1, 2011

    Mr ceo u included sports activities in your reasons for workers getting time off but at Astaphan it does not happen that way

  4. babsal
    December 31, 2010

    i’m not a merchant so choo poul :lol:

  5. j
    December 31, 2010

    what is the final descision. do i work on monday or not?

    • Annonymous Reader
      December 31, 2010

      check yr HR department nuh…stupes

  6. the wise old olw
    December 31, 2010

    if Christmas was on Saturday boxing day falls on Sunday the world celebrated it on Monday so did Dominicans why and where on
    earth DAIC get the authority to say Monday not a holiday, the
    only thing that we Dominicans can do let the workers go to work but we the
    costumers stay off their business places it a holiday they must pay their workers
    for just seating around.

    • hmm
      December 31, 2010

      fool Merchants’ holiday is NOT a public holiday; Boxing day is a public holiday so it can be celebrated on the day other than the one it falls on.

      • the wise old owl
        December 31, 2010

        yes baboon it’s not a public holiday but don’t you think it’s our right to have the day off
        after those long and tiring hours of work fool.

        • Sum Fing Not Wong
          January 3, 2011

          Hey! Owl! It’s called Merchants’ Holiday. Are you a Merchant?

  7. STRENGHT
    December 31, 2010

    SEEMS LIKE YOU WANT SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL TO SEE YOU SO YOU RAISING YOUR VOICE….THERE IS AN EASIER WAY TO GET A MINISTRY BUT IF I TELL YOU IN DNO MY COMMENT WOUNT BE PUBLISHED :-D ……GO DO SOME WORK SONNY BOY BEFORE SOMEBODY LET OFF SOME OF YOUR SECRETS….GO BE PRODUCTIVE!!

  8. Mr.Interrup
    December 31, 2010

    I read these comments and can only shake my head. its like we are comfortable with the way the economy is and the way that the level of income is in the country! This article has a lot of sense to it. The more developed countries has fewer holidays, longer business hours and they even open on Sundays as well. I mean with the small population we have, there may be a few set backs. But,in order to become successful, these are some of the measures that has to be taken!

    I have interrupted!

    • the wise old olw
      December 31, 2010

      well i grew up hearing my grand parents and elderly saying
      we born and meet work on earth we’ll die and live work on earth
      yes the country have to develop but develop with raise of salaries
      not on bird feed.i don’t mind working longer hours but for what at the end of the hours
      i cannot buy a shirt to put on my back,

    • woy
      January 1, 2011

      we are the least developed in the caribbean and we have the lesat holidays….st lucia have so much they even have copos christy….all u dominicans too so give those people there holiday…wat for daic to comenet on they not comenting

  9. sunshine
    December 31, 2010

    All I know is that Astaphans not closing on Monday.

    • the wise old owl
      December 31, 2010

      all are them so wish it neva had a holiday

  10. Is so allu like it.
    December 31, 2010

    Allu always want a holiday, and then wonder why the economy is as it is.

    • OPINION
      December 31, 2010

      AND YOUR POINT IS? EMPLOYEES AINT GETTING ANY PROFIT

      • Is so allu like it.
        January 1, 2011

        My point is there are too many unnecessary holidays in Dominica. If you’re an employee working for a specific salary, what does profit have to do with anything?

  11. Cassandra
    December 31, 2010

    Sad to note that our propensity for wanting to get paid for doing no work is still much alive. And then we berate the Chinese for their success!? The two are surely not unconnected.However, it does not help for this call coming from an organisation that likes sitting on the fence and one of who’s board members is alleged to have disbursed bribes in return for govt. contracts financed with the people’s money.

  12. hmm
    December 31, 2010

    Its amazing. Most of us commenting here are the same ones who go to work at KFC and McDonalds and Walmart on CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEARS DAY when we “MOVE” to greener pastures in America.

    In the middle of snow storms we live our homes, commute via bus and trains to get to work for minimum wage – we do not complain.

    Yet in DA, before it rains, we call in and say we cannot come to work.

    We not easy eh – yes sah.

    Well I will be at work on Monday at regular pay.

    • AmazingFace
      December 31, 2010

      You must be a public servant or bank worker…so if u at work on Monday at regular pay, WHOSE BUSINESS??!!

      • the wise old owl
        December 31, 2010

        amen amazingface…if wishes were horses some of us would not be talking.

  13. Playboy
    December 31, 2010

    I am in full agreement with the position of the DAIC.
    This is not a legally binding holiday. and so employers cannot be forced to pay double time if they open.
    Dominica is losing productivity and development at every turn.

    I say all of you who are in agreement with this holiday just plain don’t understand how BUSINESS works; in fact, y’all are just plain and simple LAZY.

  14. express yourself
    December 31, 2010

    go to work if you want or stay out of the news.. one or the other! actually do both.. PLEASE.

  15. Yes I
    December 30, 2010

    What for you to open your mouth and talk about you remaining silent… It was sick leave now is merchant holiday next thing is sunday should not be classed as double day.

  16. bubbles
    December 30, 2010

    for dominica to fix, blood must run in the streets

  17. true dominican
    December 30, 2010

    AYE my former class/schoolmate i see u getting some flak but anybody who went 2 school know u stand frr what is right just do your job without fear or favour i no u as a fearless person in class in football happy new 2 u and your family i wash u all the best for the new year your old classmate

  18. cherfond
    December 30, 2010

    But you can go to work on Monday…nobody not stopping you.

  19. ti mama
    December 30, 2010

    do u want adog show on monday instead.smame joseph when u had 2 talk u were mumu.shame on u

  20. SACRE TONEZ
    December 30, 2010

    is not yr fault Achills, you not a merchant…………so what u know bout merchant holidays eh?

  21. bigsexy
    December 30, 2010

    Next level. Enjoy it!!!

    • shut up already!
      December 31, 2010

      all you abusing those words now wi..enough already nuh…next level dis, next level dat…STFU!!!

  22. TsB
    December 30, 2010

    You mean after all-you have people working all those looooong hours leading up to Christmas and even on our Sundays, all-you want to keep people from taking a break -a day off..? that, all-you want to take away??? Boy look some unfair, selfish, inconsiderate set of people we work for -DAIC – Whitchurch, Astaphans, O. D. Brisbaine, Nassief, etc. All that on those ‘pig people’ minds is: money, money, money and more money! People can drop dead they don’t care. Weh!

  23. STRENGHT
    December 30, 2010

    SIR YOUR BEING VERY UNPRODUCTIVE TRYING TO GET SOME FREE PUBLICITY ON DNO…AND IM SURE UR DOING SO ON WORKING HOURS…..

    GO AND GET SOME HARD WORK TO DO…ITS CLEAR YOU TRYING TO GET NOTICED….OK WE SEE YOU….GO BACK IN YOUR HOLE NOW!!

  24. afraid
    December 30, 2010

    is DAIC afraid that the chinese will open any way, hence they speak now

  25. FED UP DOMINICAN
    December 30, 2010

    If Christmas Day and Boxing Day falls on the weekend, then Monday is classed as a holiday.

    Thats how is works in other countries, as Saturday and Sunday are not classed as holidays.

    • Time always tells!
      December 31, 2010

      You mean in “some” countries, not other countries. Do some research.

      • FED UP DOMINICAN
        December 31, 2010

        Some counties have there weekends on Friday and Saturday, but they still have 2 days as weekend.

  26. employee
    December 30, 2010

    This type of BULL manure should never make the news,
    What does the DAIC do?
    its an unofficial holiday true, but for some of us who work day in and day out its a way of saying
    employees we love u n appreciate you.

    Imagine what would happen if there were no holidays ,
    would our employers take the heartless opportunity
    to milk us dry like a dehydrated bone?

    • AmazingFace
      December 31, 2010

      :lol: that last line you wrote there…so poetic. :lol:

  27. help us lord
    December 30, 2010

    I believe this blok is like a mose boy. he is like a slave they gave him stuff to read to the media not knowing nor understands de contents of it. mr is a joker

  28. open
    December 30, 2010

    no one seemed to understand de man point. you all minds are so shallow in Dominica. What make sunday a rest day. we say it is a catholic nation so it is the sabbath but we want double day. wat day is saturday really…

  29. wateva!
    December 30, 2010

    Man take a hike!!!!! Who asked for your input???!!! When your organization has to speak out you silent like lambs, all of a sudden you have an opinion???!!! Well keep it to your miserable self! If you want to go to work on Monday who stopping you???

  30. B
    December 30, 2010

    ok let me understand this clearly… if the merchants chooses to trade then he may trade on this day. so does that mean the if the employee chooses not to come to work then he may also do so, without bein pinalised

  31. Del
    December 30, 2010

    This CEO needs to go……… Are we back in massa times. He is acting like a real …. He actually itemized Sunday’s asa non-productive break? Even maternity leave. Where mister come out nah. Other members I am hoping this is not your opinion too. Lord help us

  32. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010

    man stfu and respect our holy-days and our holidays!

    We are a Chrisitian God fearing nation … your face mark money ….

    God bless you

  33. wow
    December 30, 2010

    Can’t believe he’s actually counting Sundays as a “non-productive” break! Left to these people we would be slaving away sevens days a week on minimum wage.

    • ?????
      December 30, 2010

      ASK SKERRIT TO ADDRESS THE WAGE ISSUE…IT WAS AN ELECTION PROMISE….LET THE MAN TALK.

  34. WE MUST SPEAK!
    December 30, 2010

    SIR

    Yes we must speak
    From the top of Portsmouth to the very tip of Chasacou!
    We must speak………….
    Until every hamlet and village join in the refrain
    God save Our Beloved Dominica—our Gem beyond compare…YES WE MUST SPEAK

    No more can we sit in the prison of intimidation and fear
    We must speak and raise our voices in condemnation of wrong,
    We must Speak wherever and whenever it occurs.
    Let us rally to make a better country, the one of our fondest hopes!

    We must speak — to build a better and more law abiding Dominica
    Let us therefore renew ourselves.
    Let us gather the committed and the fearless to this cause.
    Borne on the wings of faith from our ancestors who fought for freedom over slavery,
    LET US SPEAK of Love for country–learned at our Dominican mothers breast
    We must speak

    We must speak for the future generations of Dominican
    We who are determined to end corrupt practices in government affairs
    and the preservation of democracy and good governance in Dominica—MUST SPEAK.

    We must speak and demand that inner truth supersedes unquestioning loyalty to government.
    With righteous indignation—WE MUST SPEAK–
    …..-FOR A TIME COMES WHEN SILENCE IS BETRAYAL…
    THAT TIME HAS COME FOR US IN DOMINICA!!!!!!!! WE MUST SPEAK!

    • My two cents
      December 30, 2010

      what was your point? how is your contribution relevant to the issue being discussed in the article? I sure did not get what you were trying to say in sooo many words

      • laughing
        December 30, 2010

        some people just having bad dreams and running out of healthy speeches lol!

  35. Fairplay
    December 30, 2010

    A lot of people just want to be in the news.’stupes’ :lol:

    • True
      December 30, 2010

      Lol!! Nice way to put it.

    • j
      December 30, 2010

      is more than that… ask you self who that on the DAIC n you’ll know why. Let the holiday remain, open if allu want and pay employees double time. shesh..!!

      • c bruce
        December 31, 2010

        haha boy u guys will kill me

        thats the most humerous set of comments i ever read on DNO

        but u guys have a point with this “you must speak” chap.

        has no place here

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