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Taylor Lydia
28.11 2011 - graduate student at New York University
What a great campaign! I currently live in the United States where everything is open on Sundays and opening times of 24 hours are not unusual. While this is convenient for people who want to shop, I feel bad for the sales associates who have to work on Sundays or late at night. Life is stressful...
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EUROPE/ 4 march 2012


The European Sunday Alliance calls on all members and supporters to take action on Sunday, 4 March 2012, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY.

In times of financial and economic crisis when more and more social and employment rights are coming under pressure, the work-free Sunday is a clear and visible demonstration that the people and our societies are not dependent solely on work and the economy.

EUROPE/ 26 january 2012

The european Sunday Alliance participates in the Warming up for the Citizens' Initiative

The Lisbon Treaty introduces a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). As required by the Treaty, on a proposal from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a Regulation which defines the rules and procedure governing this new instrument (Regulation (EU) No. 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council 16 February 2011 on the citizens' initiative).


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FRANCE/ 6 january 2012

French trade unions win case against BRICORAMA

unknownFEC FO and the unions of employees and managers of commerce sector from Val d'Oise and from Paris referred the BRICORAMA case to the Pontoise Court. After this action, BRICORAMA was sentenced by the court to close 3 shops in Paris and 28 shops in Ile de France on Sundays. Otherwise Bricorama would be obliged to pay a fee of 30.000€ by day of misconduct.

Download the Press release in French (PDF)

FRANCE/ 6 january 2012

French trade unions appeal against shopping Centre sunday opening

unknownFrench trade unions in the Commerce sector (SUD, CFTC, FO, CFE-CGC, CGT) appeal against a local Decree that authorises the opening of the shopping centre "Le Millénaire" every Sunday in Aubervilliers (France). Ségécé, the company which manages this shopping centre, is not in its first attempt to open shops 7/7 days. It tried without success with another shopping centre

"Belle Epine". French trade unions say they will fight against those pushing for more Sunday openings .

Download the Press release in French

GERMANY/ 15 February 2012

"Time Conference" of the German Sunday alliances was held in Fulda

15 February 2012 : the national "Time Conference" of the German Sunday alliances was held in Fulda.

On the 15th February 2012, the German Sunday Alliance organised the 4th Time Conference in Fulda/Germany on Sunday protection. It gave all participants the opportunity to exchange and to share recent developments and to plan common activities in order to draw attention to the unique value of a work-free Sunday.

ITALY/ 12 December 2011

Filcams, Fisascat and Uiltucs on strike to promote quality employment measure in the commerce sector in Italy

UNI Europa Commerce supports the unions Filcams, Fisascat and Uiltucs initiatives for mobilizing for the strike on December 12 in order to fight against the austerity package and to promote quality employment measure in the commerce sector in Italy.

GERMANY/ 25 November 2011

Churches and DGB Trade Union urge for better Sunday protection in NRW region

In the view of Advent sundays, Churches and the German Trade Union DGB in Nordrhein Westfalen region (Germany) call for a significant review of the law on shop opening hours. This law has led to dramatic weakening of  the protection of sunday and bank holidays, they say.


Im Vorfeld der Adventssonntage sprechen sich die Kirchen in NRW und der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund Bezirk NRW für eine spürbare Überarbeitung des nordrhein-westfälischen Ladenöffnungsgesetzes aus. Zur Gesamten Pressemeldung

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Freiburg municipality (Germany) against sunday openings

14 February 2012

On the 14th February, 2012, a clear majority of about two-third of the municipal Council in Freiburg voted against any shop opening on Sundays after a passionate debate.

Mayor of Paris supports the protection of Sunday

6 February 2012

Bertrand Delanoë is supporting Work free Sunday as a principle, even if at the end the decision of opening a shop is taken depending on technical considerations like local needs.

International Labour Organisation vs France


The Committee regrets the lack of reliable statistical data on the nature and extent of the exemptions from Sunday rest that are granted by the labour inspectorate and stresses that the number of such exemptions has substantially increased.


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