Belgium: Proposal to allow Muslims religious vacation days

Belgium: Proposal to allow Muslims religious vacation days

Every Muslim employee would be able to choose a number of holidays, that is the wish of the umbrella organization of several dozen Muslim organizations.

The proposal of the umbrella organization comes one day before Eid al-Adha.  Most Muslims are then obligated to take a day off from work, but that doesn't always succeed.

Youssed Souissi from the Association for the Development and Emancipation of Muslims (Vereniging voor Ontwikkeling en Emancipatie van Moslims): "We simply want that Muslims could have their holidays without the fuss of doctor's certificates, family leave or tolerated absences."

"Most company heads do realize the importance of Eid al-Adha for their employees.  They then gladly allow leave.  We deeply advise Muslims against coming with a doctor's letter, that would be a wrong signal."

The proposal says that if a Muslims takes Eid al-Adha as a holiday, he or she would work regularly on, for example, Whit Monday.

Source: GvA (Dutch), h/t NRP

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