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3 March 2014



The European Sunday Alliance reminds all members and supporters to also take action on the Eve of the 3 March on Sunday, 2 March 2014, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY!


The focus of this year’s CALL FOR ACTION will lie on combining work-free Sunday and decent working hours for workers and citizens and economic competitiveness.


For a couple of years now, the socio-economic crisis has been overshadowing European Union policy making. Austerity, further liberalisation and flexibility are very often seen as key solutions for getting out of the crisis. Social protection and social rights seem to be put aside. However, employment and the creation of jobs and economic competitiveness in Europe are the main requirements for overcoming the crisis. But what kind of jobs do we need in Europe? Can competitiveness and decent work and a common weekly rest day go hand in hand, and under what conditions? Sunday protection strengthens the social cohesion of our societies. It therefore represents a precious value, which should be recognised as a pillar of the European Social and Economic Model.


We believe: Competitiveness needs innovation, innovation needs creativity and creativity needs recreation!


We believe: Legislation and practices in place at the EU and Member State levels need to be more protective of the health, safety, dignity of everyone and should more attentively promote the balance between family and private life and work.

With the European Elections at the horizon we call on members, supporters and all citizens to make our common demand visible on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of March 2014!


Simply sending out a press release already helps to create awareness!


What else can YOU do?

Contact your MEP and MEP-Candidate and call on her/him to commit her/himself:

1. To ensure that all relevant EU-legislation both respects and promotes the protection of a common weekly day of rest for all EU citizens, which shall in principle be on a Sunday, in order to protect workers' health and promote a better balance between family and private life and work;

2. To promote EU-legislation guaranteeing sustainable working time patterns based on the principle of decent work benefiting society as well as the economy as a whole.


Ask them to SIGN THE PLEDGE !


To make our common mission as visible as possible, please let us know what you are planning and send us your press release, a photo or a video on your action. We will publish it on our website!



Press release in Slovakia



Sunday 3 March 2013




Download final list of actions all over Europe HERE

The European Sunday Alliance reminds all members and supporters to also take action this year on Sunday, 3 March 2013, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY!

In these difficult times of economic insecurity too many workers and employers are coming under pressure and our society overlooks the importance of free time and the participation of citizens in society. With regard to the current retrenchment of social policies, it is important to make our voice for decent work rhythms heard!


Synchronization of working time: The current practises and legislation in EU- and Member States need to be improved. Synchronization of working time which includes the work-free Sunday is crucial. Only if this happens can health, safety and dignity of all citizens can be promoted. Only in this way will all citizens be able to reconcile their personal, family and professional life. Only by this is social cohesion guaranteed as it enables people to gather, employers and employees alike.


European Year of Citizens 2013: Whether it is for cultural enrichment or spiritual wellbeing or whether people attend church services, sports clubs, family events or civil society organizations: Citizenship deserves time! The work-free Sunday as well as synchronised working time are a clear and visible demonstration that people and our societies are not dependent solely on work and economy.


More than ever, in 2013, our Alliance calls on members, supporters and all citizens to make our common demand visible on Sunday on 3rd of March 2013!

What can YOU do ?

There are already Sunday Alliances in some EU Member States, which have had this tradition for a number of years. Whatever actions or political discussions you wish to organise will be up to each organisation to decide. The visibility of this special Sunday will not depend only on one ‘big event’ but also on innovative ideas and projects reflecting the local and regional culture and European traditions. This idea of a European Day on a work-free Sunday will grow from one year to the next.


> Send the Call:

Simply sending out the already helps to create awareness!

Download the Press Release in Deutsch, Français, ItalianoNederlands, English, Españolελληνικά


> Send the Press release:

Download the Press Release in DeutschFrançais, English, Italian


> Email, Facebook and Twitter the PICS of the 2013 Campaign:

Download the jpegs: Poster1, Poster2, Poster3, Poster 4


> Take action:

Have a look and get inspired by the brave and acrobatic actions of last year !(see below).

For more ideas on possible action plans, please see for example: www.allianz-fuer-den-freien-sonntag.de and http://www.sonntagsallianz-bayern.de.


Look, they did it ;-)


an incredible list of actions launched in Germany, press releases in France, etc. Take a look and get inspired:

-Germany: Aktionenliste

-France: FO trade union press release



Overview of the actions which took place in several EU Countries on 3 March 2013

Last year: results of 4 March 2012 action day

Thanks to all organisations which organised actions all over Europe !!


Media report on the Campaign in France


TV Report on the Campaign in France


Article in French weekly magazine "La Vie" 29.02.2012


Article in "La Razon", Spain, 03.03.2012


Here some pictures :



Sundays have no Price !

Common spare time is precious for everyone


On 4 march 2012 all over Europe, it’s the European Day Work-free Sunday ! The European Sunday Alliance calls on all members and supporters to take action on Sunday, 4 March 2012, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY.


In times of financial and economic crisis when more and more social and employment rights are coming under pressure, the work-free Sunday is a clear and visible demonstration that the people and our societies are not dependent solely on work and the economy.


We believe that all citizens of the European Union are entitled to benefit from decent working hours that, as a matter of principle, exclude working late evenings, nights, public holidays and Sundays. Only essential services should operate on Sundays.


Today, legislation and practices now in place at EU and Member State levels need to be more protective of the health, safety and dignity of everyone and should more assertively promote the reconciliation of professional and family life. We believe that social cohesion in European citizenship should be reinforced.


Therefore, the European Sunday Alliance calls on members, supporters and all citizens to make our common demand visible on Sunday, 4 March 2012!






Allianz für den freien Sonntag

In cooperation with GPA-djp :

  • “Fact finding mission” in the streets



  • Press conference on 5 March
  • Media campaign


Katholische Familienverband Österreichs

  • Press release on 4 March





  • Will produce a poster
  • Dispatching of leaflets to trade union delegates to be posted in shops
  • If possible, re-launch website on this topic





Justice & Peace Commission, Catholic Bishops’Conference

Published a call on 4 March, for the respect for work free sundays and calls on Christians to avoid shopping on sundays. Download in EN and Croatian

Catholic association in Sinj

Organised a round table on Sunday work and a public demonstration on this topic. Download the Press release in English



Bosnia Herzegovina


Franciscan publication « Svjetlo riječi »

Published an article in its March issue on the topic : Sunday protection : only for christians or for everyone?


Czeck Republic



Meeting and lobbying on Members of Parliament





CGT commerce et services

  • Internal meetings with members on the issue
  • Dispatching of leaflets
  • Press releases and communication campaign with other unions (CFTC, SCS, SOLIDAIRES ET UNSA)
  • Meeting all political groups
  • Check info here: http://www.commerce.cgt.fr/spip.php?rubrique111




Association pour la fondation de Service politique

  • Communication on 4 March Action Day
  • Youtube video on Sunday protection:



Final Press release on Action Day in Paris




Press release






  • · 2 posters
  • · A press conference in Budapest
  • · From 5th March in all the country






Important media campaign with the two other unions.

Local initiatives in Padova and Firenze

Check information here:





Important media campaign with the two other unions.


Local and regional unions to conduct awareness campaigns towards citizens and consumers.




Important media campaign with the two other unions.







German Sunday Alliance

‘Allianz für den freien Sonntag’

  • Press release on 4.March Action Day
  • Press Conference on 2 March in Munich on Sunday openings in furniture stores
  • Several local and regional demonstrations on 3-4 March
  • Participation in several media programmes and articles in newspapers (Stimmen der Zeit (Artikel von Alois Riedlsperger), Tagespost (Kommentar)
  • http://allianz-fuer-den-freien-sonntag.de/






Solidarnosc NSZZ

  • Solidarnosc is planning to distribute leaflets and posters on 20/02 and 03/03 in Warsaw, Łódź, Cracow, Poznań, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Legnica, Lubin, Zielona Góra, Rzeszów, Katowice and Opole.

Download the final Press release in English




Association of Catholic Families "Vladimir Ghika", Bucharest

Issued a press release on 4 March


Slovak Republik



  • asked experts about explain the Slovak law about free Sunday;
  • asked Directory of Slovak Work Inspection in Košice if they have inspected organisation in Sundays whit the aim to see if is accepted Slovak Work Law (with negative answer);
  • lobbing with parliamentarians and candidates about human dignity in work time;
  • have brought the idea about human dignity in not paid work (parent, family carers) specialy in EY 2012;
  • have brought idea, that work in some areas ( trade, building industry etc.) can be taken as indicator of poverty, which is international comparable (is not relative)
Download the Final Press release in German


Meeting and lobbying on Members of Parliament



  • Press release
  • Political work
  • Lobbying and actions on opening hours and workfree sundays




General demonstrations on 19/02 and 29/02

Federación de Acción Católica (ACE), Justicia y Paz (JyP), Acción Católica Obrera (ACO) y las Hermandades del Trabajo (HHTT)



General demonstrations on 19/02 and 29/02



Download the call in German, French, English, Italian, polish




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