Working Saturday

Working Saturday

In some countries which have a 5-day workweek with Saturday and Sunday being days off, on some occasions some Saturdays may be declared working Saturdays.


In Soviet Union, subbotniks were days of voluntary unpaid labor.

Transferred working day

In Soviet Union and modern Russia, some working days adjacent both to holidays and weekends have been transferred to Saturdays in order to make longer runs of consecutive nonworking days. For example, in 1997, in Russia April 28, June 9, and December 29 are working Saturdays in lieu of April 30, June 11, and December 31, respectively. [ [ Working Saturdays in Russia in 2007] ru icon]

This tradition is opposed by Jews who insist on observing Shabbat. They are sometimes offered to take an unpaid day off. [ [] ru icon]


In Poland, one Saturday per month may be declared working, however it is a customary, rather than an officially declared rule, and it is not consistent among various institutions. [ [ "1997 world commercial holidays"] , "Business America", December 1996 ] [Darwin G. Braund (1997) "Tomorrow Finally Came!: Experiences as an Agricultural Advisor", ISBN 1886420335 [ p. 11] ] The Working holiday was one of the points of protest of "Solidarity" trade union in Communist Poland in 1980. [ [ Poland: A Chronology of Events November 1980 - February 1981 ] ]


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