For Pete's Sake

Everyone in Peru can skip work Thursday if national soccer team wins. Everyone.

Shamans, witch doctors and dancers performed a rite in an attempt to bring good luck to Peru’s national soccer team, a day prior to its playoff qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand.
Shamans, witch doctors and dancers performed a rite in an attempt to bring good luck to Peru’s national soccer team, a day prior to its playoff qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand. The Associated Press

There is just one spot left in the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Peru will play New Zealand on Wednesday in the second leg of their home-and-home qualifiers, after the teams played to a scoreless draw in the opener. The winner will round out the field for World Cup.

Should Peru win Wednesday and advance to the World Cup for the first time since 1982, people in that country will celebrate the achievement. It should be a wild party, because no one will have to worry about a hangover on Thursday.

That’s because Peru’s Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion has declared that Thursday will be a national holiday and no one will have to go to their jobs if the national soccer team wins Wednesday.

A tweet from Peru’s Ministry of Jobs said: “To achieve the dream of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup this Wednesday, November 15, a non-working day will be declared nationally on Thursday, November 16 (subject to compensation).”

The tweet included a longer statement:

Here is a translation of that:

This Wednesday, November 15, 2017, our Peruvian soccer team will seek qualification for the 2018 World Cup, a historic achievement that would generate unity and excitement at the national level, since it’s been more than 35 years that we did not participate in an event of this magnitude

If this objective is achieved, it would be necessary to adopt measures that facilitate the natural celebration of this qualification, within the framework of an adequate order and citizen security.

Therefore, to qualify for the 2018 World Cup of Russia 2018, a non-working day will be declared nationally on Thursday, November 16, 2017 (subject to compensation), mandatory for the public sector and optional for the sector private.

The recovery of hours will be subject to parameters of reasonableness and will not affect the mandatory weekly rest of the worker.

Optional for the private sector? Heck, who’s not going to take advantage of that?

If Peru wins, I believe many people in that country will take Bluto’s advice from “Animal House,” since there will no work on Thursday.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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