Government authorities this week called on all employers to respect Chile’s “Dieciocho” celebrations Thursday and Friday and urged workers to denounce any employer that insists they show up for work by filing a complaint.
In Chilean legalese, these two days... are “mandatory holidays,” or holidays that may not be voluntarily renounced by workers, or workers’ employees.
This means that malls, supermarkets and almost all businesses must be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday evening until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Excepted, however, are workers employed at gasoline stations, pharmacies, restaurants, clubs, movies, nightclubs, pubs and casinos, as well as people who are self-employed.
Labor Minister Javiera Blanco told press that 160 “enforcers” from her ministry will be spread out “from Punta Arenas to Arica” on Sept. 18 and 19 to assure that the mandatory holiday law is respected.There's even a website for the dancin' fools to report non-compliant businesses.