French trade union fights to preserve work-free Sunday
Union calls for two consecutive days of rest
Throughout the summer of 2016, French trade union for the commerce sector (Fédération des Employés et Cadres Force Ouvrière - Section Commerce) advocated for two consecutive work-free days, including Sunday as a day of rest. You may read the following press releases for more information.
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.
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.
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)
ANCI and the three Italian unions CGIL, CISL and UIL have decided to develop a permanent discussion table on the topic of liberalisations of working hours and openings of stores, norm included in the “Salva Italia” act, on which it is necessary to reflect and evaluate also in regard to possible effects and implication.