More than a half million signatures have been collected in Poland supporting draft legislation on limiting trade on Sundays. The signatures have been submitted to the speaker of the Polish Parliament, where the first reading of the draft will take place in October. Supporters say this widespread support of the legislation shows that the Polish people want to protect Sunday as a day for rest and spending time with family.
Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in time of digitalisation
Tuesday 15 November 2016, 09h00 – 16h00
European Parliament, Brussels
The European Sunday Alliance (ESA) is organising a conference on “Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in time of digitalisation”, which will take place on 15 November 2016 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The conference will be hosted by MEP Evelyn Regner (S&D) and MEP Thomas Mann (EPP).
ESA contributes to consultation on work-life balance
The European Sunday Alliance contributed to the European Commission consultation on work-life balance. Members of ESA handed over the consultation to Mr Baudouin Baudru, cabinet of Commissioner Ms Marianne Thyssen.
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.
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 British House of Commons stopped the governmental plans for even more shopping hours on Sundays in England and Wales. This might partially be due to the work of “Keep Sunday Special”, the British supporter of the European Alliance.
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.