WORK-FREE SUNDAYS: SUNDAY ALLIANCE, EUROPEAN MEETING IN BRUSSELS (2)

The Sunday Alliance recalls the crisis and the political instability context within which the event takes place: "Europe is facing several challenges such as demographic change, unemployment – youth unemployment, above all – poverty and social exclusion. Austerity, liberalisations and flexibility are often seen as key solutions to get out of the crisis. Social protection and social rights seem to have been put aside". "Employment, creation of jobs and competitiveness are the main requirements to overcome the crisis", confirmed the organisers in the morning. However, "competitiveness needs innovation, while innovation needs creativity, and creativity needs recreation": hence the request "to protect" Sundays as time for oneself, for rest, personal and family relations, and to regenerate power and ideas. "We believe that today – added the Sunday Alliance – the legislation and the practices carried out on EU level and member state level must be more protective than health, safety, the dignity of everyone, and should foster balance of family life, private life and work more carefully". 

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