The construction sector mostly shuts down every year for several weeks in the summer, with this year’s collective leave scheduled from 30 July until 22 August. But works at 148 sites will go on after a committee including labour unions, employer representatives and the labour inspectorate granted exemptions from the annual break.
“With the bad weather, this year, as in 2019, exemptions were granted exceptionally and late,” a statement said. Maintenance and repair works are not included in the collective leave.
Last year, the committee granted 119 requests to skip the annual holiday. This compared to 132 construction sites that stayed open in 2019.
In more than half of cases (79), the committee agreed that the work being carried out was urgent. The other exemptions concerned scheduled works at schools and factories on production shutdown to make use of the summer break and empty facilities.
Construction sites across the country will be checked by the labour inspectorate and police to ensure that companies comply with the closure rules. The committee refused 37 applications for exemptions from the break.