The European Sunday Alliance reminds all members and supporters to also take action on the Eve of the 3 March on Sunday, 2 March 2014, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY!
The focus of this year’s CALL FOR ACTION will lie on combining work-free Sunday and decent working hours for workers and citizens and economic competitiveness.
For a couple of years now, the socio-economic crisis has been overshadowing European Union policy making. Austerity, further liberalisation and flexibility are very often seen as key solutions for getting out of the crisis. Social protection and social rights seem to be put aside. However, employment and the creation of jobs and economic competitiveness in Europe are the main requirements for overcoming the crisis. But what kind of jobs do we need in Europe? Can competitiveness and decent work and a common weekly rest day go hand in hand, and under what conditions? Sunday protection strengthens the social cohesion of our societies. It therefore represents a precious value, which should be recognised as a pillar of the European Social and Economic Model.
We believe: Competitiveness needs innovation, innovation needs creativity and creativity needs recreation!
We believe: Legislation and practices in place at the EU and Member State levels need to be more protective of the health, safety, dignity of everyone and should more attentively promote the balance between family and private life and work.
With the European Elections at the horizon we call on members, supporters and all citizens to make our common demand visible on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of March 2014!
Simply sending out a press release already helps to create awareness!
What else can YOU do?
Contact your MEP and MEP-Candidate and call on her/him to commit her/himself:
1. To ensure that all relevant EU-legislation both respects and promotes the protection of a common weekly day of rest for all EU citizens, which shall in principle be on a Sunday, in order to protect workers’ health and promote a better balance between family and private life and work;
2. To promote EU-legislation guaranteeing sustainable working time patterns based on the principle of decent work benefiting society as well as the economy as a whole.
Ask them to SIGN THE PLEDGE !
To make our common mission as visible as possible, please let us know what you are planning and send us your press release, a photo or a video on your action. We will publish it on our website!