March 24, 2010 08:40
Three out of four office workers are in favor of substituting national holidays that fall on a weekend during the working week, a survey finds. In the poll by the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute of 1,000 office workers released Tuesday, 767 were in favor of substituting holidays that fall on weekends. A bill making this mandatory is pending at the National Assembly.
There are 14 statutory holidays in a year, but this year, four of them fall on a Saturday or Sunday. Some 80.6 percent supported taking the following Monday off if public holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday, far outnumbering the 19.4 percent who supported the idea of designating certain other days but not necessarily the following Monday.
Asked what they would do with their day off, 37.5 percent said they would go on a trip, followed by sports and cultural activities (17.5 percent each).
The institute claimed the introduction of substitute holidays would generate spending of W2.82 trillion (US$1=W1,139), induce W5 trillion in production and W2 trillion in added value and create about 85,000 new jobs so the additional costs for individual businesses would be more than compensated for by the economic advantages.
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