29th October Republic Day is the only National Day on which the proclamation of the republic in 1923 is celebrated. Because of some contradictory provisions in legislation it becomes a controversial issue whether working on national day is prohibited or not.
As per the 1st Article of Law on National and Public Holidays No. 2429; "29th October is National Day, starts from 28th October, 13.00 o’clock and continues during 29th October."
Article 2 states that “on national, official and religious holidays, public sector agencies shall be on vacation.
And Article 2, last paragraph stipulates that; “private sector workplaces shall be closed on 29th October.”
However, this prohibition does not apply to establishments and workplaces, such as hospitals, airports, bakeries, hotels and so on, which have to work continuously by nature of their services.
As it is seen, while on national and general holiday’s only public sector agencies must be closed for vacation, working on 29th October is banned for the private sector workplaces according to above said Law, which is in contradiction with the Labor Law, No. 4857, and that is where the questions arise from.