FRANCE: FOR THE MAJORITY OF WAGE-EARNERS, SUNDAY SHOULD REMAIN A DAY OF REST

For the majority of French (84% of wage-earners), Sunday remains a day of rest: Ipsos, the Cftc trade-union (French Confederation of Christian workers), the magazine Famille Chrétienne, the radio stations Rfc and Notre Dame published a survey of a sample of about one thousand French people, aged 15 or more, interviewed on November 28th and 29th. The majority of wage-earners oppose to the idea of regularly working on Sunday. Actually one half of wage-earners state that Sunday rest is essential to family, social, cultural and religious life, 33% consider it important but not a priority, while just 16% judge it unimportant. 63% of French people doubt that wage-earners may refuse to work on Sunday if the shops will begin to be normally open on Sundays, although the bill of law states that only volunteers will work. This scepticism is stronger among the employees of the private sector (71%) than among those of the public sector (63%). "Volunteering does not really exist in a company. The so-called volunteers are those who, unfortunately, normally cannot earn their living, because they are employed on a part-time basis. So, they are obliged to work on Sundays to earn their living", comments Jacques Voisin, president of Cftc.

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