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.
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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 Alliance calls on members, supporters and all citizens to make our common demand visible on Sunday, 4 March 2012!
There are 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. And this idea of a European Day on a work-free Sunday can grow from one year to the next.
For more ideas on possible actions, please see for example: www.allianz-fuer-den-freien-sonntag.de and http://www.sonntagsallianz-bayern.de.
To make our common mission as visible as possible, please let us know what you are planning and send us a photo or a video on your action. We will publish it on our website!