2016/11/15 On 15th November 2016 the European Sunday Alliance organized its third European conference this time on “Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in a time of digitalisation” at the European Economic and Social Committee. During the day over 100 participants discussed how digitalisation will impact all aspects of our lives and how a healthy work-life-balance can be secured.
On this occasion the European Sunday Alliance also launched a Resolution for a better work-life-balance and synchronized free time in the age of digitalisation. The Resolution is aimed at activating civil society and politicians to use the opportunities for a better work-life-balance and to limit the risks created by digitalisation for the benefit of all European citizens. The Resolution is still open for signature.
A selection of photos from the 15 November European Sunday Alliance conference at the European Economic and Social Committee. News release to follow shortly.
(L to R) Thomas Mann, MEP, Gunther Oettinger, Commissioner, European Commission, Digital Economy & Society, Luca Jahier, President of Group III, European Economic and Social Committee, Evelyn Regner, MEP.
Panel discussion on the flexibilisation of working time.
CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen signs resolution "Anytime, anywhere - resolution for a better work-life-balance and synchronized free time in the age of digitalization."
Challenges in a Time of Digitalisation
The European Sunday Alliance invites you to a conference on Work-Life-Balance 4.0: Challenges in a Time of Digitalisation. The conference will take place on Tuesday, 15 November from 9:00 to 16:00 at the European Economic and Social Committee. Registration is required.Please click here to register for this event.
French trade union fights to preserve work-free Sunday
Union calls for two consecutive days of rest
Throughout the summer of 2016, French trade union for the commerce sector (Fédération des Employés et Cadres Force Ouvrière - Section Commerce) advocated for two consecutive work-free days, including Sunday as a day of rest. You may read the following press releases for more information.
More than a half million signatures have been collected in Poland supporting draft legislation on limiting trade on Sundays. The signatures have been submitted to the speaker of the Polish Parliament, where the first reading of the draft will take place in October. Supporters say this widespread support of the legislation shows that the Polish people want to protect Sunday as a day for rest and spending time with family.
Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in time of digitalisation
Tuesday 15 November 2016, 09h00 – 16h00
European Parliament, Brussels
The European Sunday Alliance (ESA) is organising a conference on “Work-Life-Balance 4.0 – Challenges in time of digitalisation”, which will take place on 15 November 2016 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The conference will be hosted by MEP Evelyn Regner (S&D) and MEP Thomas Mann (EPP).
The British House of Commons stopped the governmental plans for even more shopping hours on Sundays in England and Wales. This might partially be due to the work of “Keep Sunday Special”, the British supporter of the European Alliance.
In its judgement (G 66/11-8) of 14 June 2012 the Austrian Constitutional Court confirmed that the prohibition on shop opening on Sundays and bank holidays is consistent with the Austrian constitution. The overall objectives of shop closing or opening hours are: the protection of the interests of consumers, the aims of the competition regime and the socio-political function. All of these objectives would be in the public interest, says the Court.