Thursday 26. November 2015


22.11 2011
Growing up during the regime in the '80s I witnessed my mother celebrating Sundays as a family day by baking yummy treats together. She never did laundry on Sundays, even though she worked full time. I asked her how did she manage to keep us sparkling clean, without having even running...


Trade Union fights International Tourist Zones exceptions

September 2015

The French Trade Union “Fédération des Employés et Cadres Forces Ouvrières" are fighting in against a regulation on exceptions of shop opening on Sundays for so-called International Tourists Zones. For more information on this issue, please click here (in French).

2 nd meeting Work-life-balance Group

Monday 1st June at the EU Parliament


The European Sunday Alliance hosted its 2nd meeting of the Interest Group “Work-Life-Balance”. The German and the Austrian Sunday Alliances, both members of the European Sunday Alliance, under the kind patronage of the Members of the European Parliament Ms. Evelyn Regner and Mr. Thomas Mann, invited Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa to give his insights and reflections on the process of acceleration on modern society and its consequences for the work-life-balance in our societies. Around 40 people, members of the European Parliament and representatives of civil society organizations, gathered to discuss the importance of “oases of deceleration”. Read more


First European Interest Group WORK-LIFE BALANCE launched!

3 March 2015

unknown3rd March 2015 – On the very day when the European Day for a Work Free Sunday is celebrated across Europe, at the EU Parliament, and in the presence of MEPs from different political groups, the European Sunday Alliance launched the first European Interest Group on WORK-LIFE BALANCE. For the first time, the interest group  - supported by representatives of politicians, trade unions, business executives, family and sports organisations and representatives of churches and religious communities - brought together 50 people to discuss how to ensure that EU legislation respects and promotes workers' health and promotes a better balance between family and private life and work. Read more

The Alliance participated in the public consultation on the review on the Working Time Directive

March 2015

unknownThe European Commission is currently reviewing the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) and launched an online public consultation of the Directive. The European Sunday Alliance participated in the public consultation as follows. Read more


European Day for a Work free Sunday

3 March 2015


unknownThe European Sunday Alliance calls on all members and supporters to take action on 3

March 2015, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-­FREE SUNDAY! This year’s CALL FOR ACTION will focus on the European Commission’s current review of the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) and the online public consultation of the Directive. Read call for action


Conference on Work free Sundays

30 October 2014 in Vienna

Download the invitation in pdf



Welcome to our new Belgian member !

April 2014

unknownAlgemeen Belgisch Vakverbond - Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (ABVV-FGTB) is a socialist trade union with a social democratic philosophy and ideology. Its basic principles are: equality, justice, democracy and solidarity.


It has more than 1,5 million affiliates and is one of the 3 officially as representative recognized trade union confederations in Belgium.


It’s one of the founding members of the European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC), as well as the International trade Unions Confederation (ITUC). On the international level, ABVV-FGTB is involved in a growing number of campaigns with other social movements (e.g. Climate Coalition).


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AUSTRIA: New Sunday Alliance formed

24 September 2015

Twenty (20) organisations in the Federal State Salzburg, Austria, have founded a Sunday Alliance as of 17 June 2015.




AUSTRIA: Austrian Constitutional Court confirms shop opening hours

14 June 2012

In its judgement (G 66/11-8) of 14 June 2012 the Austrian Constitutional Court confirmed that the prohibition on shop opening on Sundays and bank holidays is consistent with the Austrian constitution. The overall objectives of shop closing or opening hours are: the protection of the interests of consumers, the aims of the competition regime and the socio-political function. All of these objectives would be in the public interest, says the Court.

SPAIN: Supermarket employees will be entitled to at least five weekends off a year

20 June 2012

The National Court is Spain gave unions satisfaction. Supermarket employees will be entitled to at least five weekends off a year, regardless of the fact that their workload is divided over 4, 5 or 6 days a week. The National Court gave satisfaction to the CCOO and UGT unions against the sector's employers' organizations, which claimed that this right was reserved to 6 days a week. (Ref. 120408)


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