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Conference: Touche pas à mon dimanche!

“Touche pas à mon dimanche!”


This was the slogan of the conference organised in Paris by our members CFTC Paris and the Collectif des Amis du Dimanche (CAD) on 18 November 2013.


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Annual Meeting of the German Sunday Alliance in Düsseldorf

Annual Meeting of the German Sunday Alliance in Düsseldorf

On 25th February 2014, in Dusseldorf, at Ver.di headquarters, the German Sunday Alliance held its Annual meeting aiming at taking stock of campaigns in the different federal states and regional alliances with a view to protect a work-free Sunday and to defend the right for German workers and citizens to enjoy a common day of rest with family and friends.


unknownAlthough Germany is the country where there is more rigid legislation as regards, for instance, shop opening hours on Sundays, late evenings and holidays, and has one of the most favorable working time regulation for commerce workers, many differences exist in the various German Federal States. This is the case, in particular, for those regions that have borders with other countries where opening on Sundays is subject to less stringent rules.


The European Sunday Alliance was invited to give a speech on the most recent European initiatives to protect a work-free Sunday. In particular, Laila Castaldo, UNI Europa Policy Officer for Commerce, spoke about the possible legal avenues to recognize Sunday as a common day of rest in the EU and the status of the revision of the European working time directive now that negotiations between social partners at European level have failed. Susanne Herkommer from the Brussels Office of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) and Anna Echterhoff from the Secretariat of the European Sunday Alliance reported on the recent European conference on “work-free Sunday and decent jobs” and presented the pledge. The pledge was then signed by candidates to the European Parliament Election who were present at the annual meeting.


The day was also marked by a symbolic action. Participants drew a graffiti on the street in front of the conference venue asking “Freedom for Sunday”.

The 3rd of March will be the European Action day for a work-free Sunday and in many towns in Germany demonstrations will mark the day.


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New Member organisation

The European Sunday Alliance welcomes a new member from the Netherlands!


The European Sunday Alliance is happy to inform you that as of today, the RMU – de Reformatorisch Maatschappelijke Unie – has joined the Alliance.


This Dutch organization defends the interests of employers, employees and the self-employed and is as such both a Union and an employers’ organization. It provides its members with information, judicial advice and help with negotiations. The RMU is a strong supporter of the work-free Sunday and we are therefore thankful that they have chosen to join us.


European Day for a work-free Sunday on 3 March 2014

European Day for a work-free Sunday on 3 March 2014

Pledge for a work-free Sunday

The European Sunday Alliance calls on all it’s Members and Supporters to support the Campaign


“Pledge for a work-free Sunday and decent work ahead of the European elections 2014”


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.

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 working conditions of employees and for small and medium sized enterprises. Competitiveness needs innovation, innovation needs creativity and creativity needs recreation!

Read more and take part in the action



CONFRERENCE on Work-free Sundays and Decent Work

The objective of this conference is to highlight the paramount importance a work-free Sunday and decent working hours for citizens throughout Europe and is not necessarily to be set against economic competitiveness. All people in the European Union should be entitled to benefit from work-free Sundays and decent working hours. Read more and register




Confesercenti and Federstrade Roma e Provincia with the support of the Italian Bishops’ Conference have launched the Campaign “LIBERA LA DOMENICA”. They are supported by the members of the European Sunday Alliance Filcams-Cgil, Fisascat-Cisl, UILTuCS and by the Archbishop of Campobasso-Bojano, Mgr. Bregantini, as well as by many civil society organisations. Of particular interest is the fact that the campaign is supported by four Italian regions, namely: Piemont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Toscana!


The objective of the Campaign “LIBERA LA DOMENICA” is to collect signatures for a law changing the current extent of liberalization of shop opening hours.


The European Sunday Alliance wishes every success for this campaign and calls on all its Italian members and supporters to support “LIBERA LA DOMENICA”!


More information is provided in a booklet or is available (in Italian only) at:

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GERMANY: Münster residents vote down Sunday shopping

8 November 2016

In Münster, Westphalia, Germany, 300 000 residents voted against further opening of shops on specific Sundays of the year.



UNITED KINGDOM: House of Commons stops plans for more shopping hours

13 April 2016

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.




AUSTRIA: New Sunday Alliance formed

24 September 2015

Twenty (20) organisations in the Federal State Salzburg, Austria, have founded a Sunday Alliance as of 17 June 2015.




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