'May Day not a holiday': Turkish Minister

The council of ministers decided to celebrate May Day as the 'Labor and Solidarity Day'; however, did not approve of its becoming an official holiday.

'May Day not a holiday': Turkish Minister

Turkish government decided to celebrate May 1 as the Labor and Solidarity Day.

Sabah reported the first secretary Cemil Çiçek spoke after the council of ministers meeting: "it will cost two billion YTL if it becomes a holiday."

The council of ministers decided to celebrate May Day as the 'Labor and Solidarity Day' and did not agree on its becoming an official holiday. Celebrations at Taksim are prohibited.

The council of ministers decided to celebrate May Day as the 'Labor and Solidarity Day'; however, did not approve of its becoming an official holiday.

May 1 is celebrated in many countries as 'Spring Festival' and from now on it will be celebrated as "Labor and Solidarity Day".

The unions may not hold celebrations at Taksim this year.

The parliament speaker Cemil Çiçek made an explanation about the decision: "holiday would bring some costs and burden. It will cost around two billion YTL. Factories and offices will not be working if it becomes a holiday. It is not a holiday all over the world."

Last Mod: 23 Nisan 2008, 14:31
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