Good Friday and direct discrimination on religious grounds


Under Austrian law, Good Friday is a paid public holiday only for members of the Evangelical Church Augsburg Confession, the Evangelical Church Helvetic Confession, the Old Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

The members of these churches are therefore entitled to an additional, 14th public holiday. As with the other 13 public holidays, Good Friday is a paid holiday – meaning that employees who are members of any of the four churches will receive their regular salary for that day even though no work is performed. Further, members who work on Good Friday will receive holiday pay of the same amount, doubling their income.

ILO-Newsletter, dd. 3 October 2018
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Mag. Jakob Widner

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