EU: WORKING TIME, EUROPEAN BISHOPS ASK FOR SUNDAY REST TO BE RESPECTED” “” ” ” “

” ” The working time directive report has been entrusted to Spanish deputy Alejandro Cercas. It includes the first-reading amendments on the most controversial points of the directive, such as the maximum hours of work per week and the counting of "on-call periods." If MEPs are going to obtain the absolute majority (393 votes) in the vote of tomorrow, a conciliation process will be opened to reach an agreement between the Parliament and the Council. On its part the COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community) has recently taken position against Sunday work. This position has been reaffirmed by Greek deputy Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou with two amendments stating that "the likelihood of sickness in companies that require staff to work on Sundays is greater than in companies that do not require staff to work on Sundays." In addition "the health of the workers depends, among other factors, on their opportunities to reconcile work and family life, to establish and maintain social ties and to pursue their spiritual needs. Sunday as the traditional weekly rest day, contributes to these objectives more than any other day of the week." ” ” ” ” ” “

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