WORK-FREE SUNDAY: EUROPEAN CALL FOR THE PROTECTION OF PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "A work-free Sunday and decent working hours are of paramount importance for citizens and workers throughout Europe and are not necessarily in conflict with economic competitiveness". This is the beginning of the call-pledge launched yesterday in Brussels at the end of the second conference organised by the European Sunday Alliance which brings together some 50 bodies (associations, trade unions, civil society organisations) from all European countries, including COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. Following a discussion at the European Parliament, with 120 participants who have focused on the economic, social and cultural aspects of a work-free Sunday, the text was signed by a group of MEPs. "Especially in the present time of socio-economic crisis, the adoption of legislation extending working hours to late evenings, nights, bank holidays and Sundays has direct consequences" for the conditions of employees and SMEs. The text refers to a concept that was anticipated on the eve of the conference: "Competitiveness needs innovation, innovation needs creativity and creativity needs recreation!". (continued)

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