Many employees are off once every five years on May 5, Liberation Day.

Although it is an official holiday, we do not get a day off every year at the expense of the boss.

This is because there is no legal obligation about public holidays as a paid day off.

Trade unions and employers make agreements about this with each other.

In addition to Liberation Day, there are ten other public holidays in the Netherlands.

For example, on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, at Easter and Pentecost we are often allowed to stay at home for a day, but that does not apply to all days.

Liberation Day is only turn once every five years.

This was first recorded in 1959 at the request of the Labor Foundation, says Jannes van der Velde, of the employers' organization AWVN.

"Then he advised the unions and employers to make it a day off every five years."

That happens in the anniversary years, like last year.

When the liberation was a fact for 75 years.

Employers' clubs VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland have announced that this year the Labor Foundation has asked all parties to the collective labor agreement to make a fixed day off on 5 May.

What happens with that is up to the employers and employees ”.

Many days off around this period

The reasoning for not releasing employees on Liberation Day every year is that during this period many days already qualify for a day off, such as Easter, Pentecost and in between again Ascension Day.

King's Day is traditionally also in this period.

"If an extra day is added, it will be a bit much", it sounds at the AWVN.

Trade union FNV disagrees.

"The Dutch really don't have that many days off. We want 5 May to be a day off every year."

The CNV also thinks that the collective labor agreements should stipulate that we are free every year on 5 May.

"Because we think it is important to reflect on our freedom every year."

Sometimes possible to exchange holidays

Those who work for the government are off on May 5 every year, just like all other public holidays.

In the private sector, there is an increasing call to remove this day completely from the collective labor agreements as a day off.

According to the AWVN, there is also a demand for this from employees, who prefer to choose their days off themselves more instead of having them on fixed days.

For example, it happens that companies give their employees the opportunity to exchange a fixed Christian holiday for another day, such as the Sugar Feast.