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Using OR instead of UNION in a subselect

I created the following SQL that is to be embedded into a DB2 program:
SELECT * FROM HACPRP.EQ_POOL_ACT_VIEW
WHERE ACTVTY_DT IN
( SELECT ACTVTY_DT FROM 
  HACPRP.EQ_POOL_ACT_VIEW 
  WHERE SUBSTR(ACTVTY_DT,5,2) < '03' 
 UNION 
  SELECT ACTVTY_DT FROM 
  HACPRP.EQ_POOL_ACT_VIEW 
  WHERE SUBSTR(ACTVTY_DT,1,2) < '09' 
  AND SUBSTR(ACTVTY_DT,5,2) = '03' 
 UNION 
  SELECT ACTVTY_DT FROM 
  HACPRP.EQ_POOL_ACT_VIEW 
  WHERE SUBSTR(ACTVTY_DT,3,2) < '29' 
  AND SUBSTR(ACTVTY_DT,1,2) = '09' 
  AND SUBSTR(ACTVTY_DT,5,2)= '03' );

The reason I have to do it like this is that someone created the table with ACTVTY_DT as CHAR(06) instead of DATE....

Why does the above SQL not run? It states that it is not suitable for the DB2 Manager. My aim is to simply select a list of entries that are less than the date given on the JCL job.

This was last published in October 2003

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