On April 1, Hebei Province encouraged 2.5-day flexible vacation to be on the hot microblog search list. Before that, Jiangxi Province, Longnan City, Gansu Province, Zhejiang Province and other places successively implemented the 2.5-day holiday system to stimulate consumption.
With the situation of epidemic prevention and control continuing to improve, economic activities in various regions gradually returned to normal. In order to boost consumption and promote stable economic growth, new measures of 2.5-day flexible vacation were introduced.
Experts interviewed by the Legal Daily said that the implementation of the 2.5-day flexible leave system is a special strategy adopted by local governments to promote economic recovery. It has a certain mass base and is not a “paper talk”. For the employees who can’t take 2.5-day flexible leave on trial, we should strengthen the protection of workers’ rights and interests, and use sharp tools to protect consumers’ right to rest. At the same time, we should use a more detailed and operable system to implement the paid leave system.
Implement 2.5-day holiday system in many places
The purpose is to promote stable consumption growth
After the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, tourism is facing “life and death”. According to the calculation of China Tourism Research Institute, affected by the epidemic, in the first quarter and the whole year of 2020, the number of domestic tourists will be reduced by 56% and 15.5% respectively, and the domestic tourism revenue will be reduced by 69% and 20.6% respectively. How to stimulate consumption to achieve rapid return of tourism has become another examination question for local governments.
Since March, Jiangxi Province, Longnan City, Gansu Province and Zhejiang Province have issued notices to encourage the implementation of the 2.5-day holiday system and stimulate consumption.
Jiangxi was the first to go. On March 19, Jiangxi Province issued the notice of the people’s Government of Jiangxi Province on improving tourism consumption through “combination boxing”, which proposed that all units in all regions should optimize their work arrangements in combination with the actual situation. In the second quarter of this year, we will try to have 2.5-day flexible work and rest on weekends, and actively guide cadres and employees to go out for leisure holidays on weekends.
it happens that there is a similar case. The notice of Longnan novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic situation that promotes the consumption and steady growth of Longnan is also put forward by Longnan municipality, Gansu province. It also encourages the vacation consumption. Every week, when administrative institutions complete the tasks and arrange the duty staff, they can encourage other employees to take a vacation tour.
On March 24, the implementation opinions of the general office of the people’s Government of Zhejiang Province on boosting consumption and promoting stable economic growth issued by Zhejiang Province also mentioned that the implementation of the 4.5-day-a-week flexible work system was encouraged, and the implementation of the paid leave system was supported by qualified organs, social organizations, enterprises and institutions.
The two and a half day holiday system was introduced successively in three places, which caused hot discussion. “Zhejiang encourages 2.5-day-off a week” has been quickly listed on the hot microblog search list, with topic reading of 240 million and discussion of 18000. “2.5 days off” peaked at 52.23 in 72 hours, becoming the hot word of microblog on March 26.
Wang Qiyan, director of the leisure economy research center of Renmin University of China, believes that vacation days have a positive impact on the tourism consumption of Chinese residents. Increasing the supply of vacation time will help to release the consumption potential, transform the centralized consumption into decentralized consumption, reduce the pressure of businesses and improve the quality of tourists’ consumption.
“The introduction of the 2.5-day holiday system, from its original intention, is to promote the development of tourism and leisure industry, while allowing workers to share the fruits of social and economic development, has certain positive significance.” Shen Jianfeng, Dean of the Law School of China Institute of labor relations, said.
In fact, the 2.5-day holiday system is nothing new.
As early as August 2015, the general office of the State Council issued several opinions on further promoting tourism investment and consumption, proposing for the first time that “encouraging flexible work and rest, conditional places and units can optimize and adjust summer work and rest arrangements according to the actual situation, so as to create favorable conditions for employees to go out for leisure and vacation in combination with next Friday afternoon and weekend”.
Subsequently, more than 10 provinces have officially issued opinions, clearly proposed to encourage conditional local and units to implement the 2.5-day leave mode. The public opinion is hotly debated. It was once interpreted as a signal to popularize the 2.5-day holiday system in an all-round way.
“Although the 2.5-day holiday system has been mentioned for many years, it has been difficult to implement. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia may promote the 2.5 Day holiday system to be applied. Zhang Liyun, associate professor of Law School of China Institute of labor relations, told the Legal Daily, “from an economic point of view, the 2.5-day holiday will certainly play a greater role in boosting consumption and promoting stable economic growth than the two-day holiday. If the 2.5-day holiday will reduce the income of the enterprise, it is necessary to carry out specific measurement and analysis. “
Zhang Liyun further explained that from the perspective of the enterprise, after improving the efficiency of the infrastructure, such as the mechanization rate, 5g application, etc., the time required for the original same job to complete has indeed declined. It is not very difficult for enterprises to give employees 0.5 extra days of vacation for a long time. In addition, with the development of economy and the improvement of living standard, the mode of economic growth will enter a new era of consumption driven, so it is the general trend to increase the independent control time of employees.
According to the experts interviewed, during the epidemic prevention and control period, the 2.5-day holiday system was proposed again, which is obviously different from the original intention of the original design of the system.