Schwerin (dpa/mv) - The state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is to decide on Tuesday (2.30 p.m.) March 8th as an additional public holiday in the federal state. From 2023 onwards, International Women's Day should be free of work - just like in Berlin since 2019.
The Schwerin government coalition of SPD and Left had written the introduction of the new public holiday in autumn 2021 in their coalition agreement and implemented this point right from the start. The economy criticized. However, Red-Red sees macroeconomic additional costs as justifiable and refers to the direction and importance of the new holiday. In addition, MV has so far had fewer public holidays than other federal states.
In addition, the free after-school care center during the school holidays should be decided. This measure is also controversial. Critics are calling for a qualitative improvement in childcare instead of longer and longer free childcare times without additional staff. In the future, the after-school care center will be free of charge for up to ten hours a day during the holidays. It's only been six hours so far. Anything beyond that was paid for by the parents. With the new offer, which should already apply in the upcoming summer holidays, working parents should be relieved.