If you were thinking about having a productive Monday morning and going to the supermarket for your week’s supply of groceries, best think again. Most large supermarkets and malls across Argentina will be closed today. Why? Because it’s the Retail Workers’ Day, of course. September 26 has been a national holiday for retail workers since 2009, when Law 26,541 was approved.
There are exceptions, of course. Any shops that are not inside malls may be open if it’s the owners who serve customers or if employees agreed to work on the holiday. In practical terms, that likely means most smaller Chinese-owned supermarkets and neighborhood stores are likely to be open.
Isn’t it unfair that retail workers get a special day off just for them? Maybe. But consider two things, first several types of workers have their own “day” in Argentina that effectively translates into a holiday (bank workers get November 6 off, for example). Also, retail workers have fewer holidays than (most) anyone else. “We have to remember that retail workers only have holidays on May 1, December 25 and January 1. The rest of the holidays are work days,” César Guerrero, the secretary general of the Retail Workers’ Union, said.