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Wolf Manfred
17.06 2011 - GPA-djp
Congratulations! The 20th of June will be a histroic day for the sunday movement in Europe. Now we are able to have a strong voice to declare an reach our common aims on European level. Unfortunately I cannot take part in the foundation meeting, but a new way to a Social Europe is going on.
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Conference in the Polish Parliament on protection of Sunday as a public good

On 8 March a conference "Changes in the Polish trade" was organised and held in the Polish parliament building in Warsaw. The organisers were the National Section of Commerce Sector Workers of "Solidarity" Trade Union in cooperation with the parliamentary team for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship and employers' organisations from the commerce industry.

 

The conference was devoted to two topics: the legal protection of Sunday as a public good and a draft law on trade in the perspective of equality of opportunity in the industry.

 

French trade union demands the protection of work-free Sunday

Fédération des Employés et Cadres - Force Ouvrière, Section fédérale du commerce, a French trade union for the retail sector, has issued a press release demanding the protection of a work-free Sunday.

 

For the news release (in French), please click here.

 

 

European Day for a Work Free Sunday

Today, 3 March - the European Day for a Work Free Sunday - the European Sunday Alliance reminds everyone of the right to a work free Sunday. Our colleagues at the Austrian Sunday Alliance highlight in a statement that the work free Sunday is time not dedicated to a specific purpose, especially not an economic one. The common day of rest is a symbol the richness of a society, the prosperity of free time.

 

Together with our members and supporters, the European Sunday Alliance is campaigning for the work free Sunday and decent working hours in Europe toward the EU institutions. We keep going on!

 

The protection of the work free Sunday is a protection of liberty

Time-conference takes place in Berlin

On Wednesday, 17 February, the German Sunday Alliance hold its 6th so-called Time-conference in Berlin. The conference highlighted the right of a work-free Sunday for employees of call centres. The former president of the Federal Constitutional Court, Prof. Dr Hans-Jürgen Papier, explained that the protection of the work free Sunday is a protection of liberty.

 

For the press release, please click here >> (PDF, German)

 

Time-conference to take place in Berlin

On Wednesday, 17 February 2016, the German National Sunday Alliance will hold its 6th national “Time-conference” in Berlin. It is an invitation for presentation and exchange of best practices in advocating for a work-free Sunday. The conference will also provide opportunity for discussion with politicians from the German Bundestag about the state of play of the work-free Sunday in Germany.

 

For more information please click here (PDF).

 

Sunday: The day of the Lord

German diocese develops curriculum

The Roman Catholic diocese of Mainz, Germany, has published a guide and material on the Sunday for religious teaching at school: “Sunday – The day of the Lord – The day for the people”. It gives historical and theological information about the Sunday and presents models for the religious teaching at school.


Please click here to access the PDF version in German.

Finland: shop opening hours liberalized

In a bid to boost the economy, Finland's government has just fully liberalized shop trading hours that took effect from the start of 2016. Unions in the retail sector are however wary of a potential negative effect on job stability and are looking for a debate on how the country is moving towards an 'open 24/7' society.

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Freiburg municipality (Germany) against sunday openings

14 February 2012

On the 14th February, 2012, a clear majority of about two-third of the municipal Council in Freiburg voted against any shop opening on Sundays after a passionate debate.

Mayor of Paris supports the protection of Sunday

6 February 2012

Bertrand Delanoë is supporting Work free Sunday as a principle, even if at the end the decision of opening a shop is taken depending on technical considerations like local needs.

International Labour Organisation vs France

2010

The Committee regrets the lack of reliable statistical data on the nature and extent of the exemptions from Sunday rest that are granted by the labour inspectorate and stresses that the number of such exemptions has substantially increased.

 

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