First European Interest Group WORK-LIFE BALANCE launched!
3 March 2015
3rd 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
The 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
The 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
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).
We welcome CARE for Europe in the European Sunday Alliance!
CARE for Europe is an NGO based in Brussels. As the representation of CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) to the European institutions, it monitors European policies in areas such as bio-ethics, family life, gambling, human trafficking, religious freedom and human rights. The European Sunday Alliance is happy that CARE for Europe has decided to join the Alliance and cordially welcomes it “on board”!
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. Read more
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.