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European Sunday Alliance

Last year: results of 4 March 2012 action day – Thanks to all organisations which organised actions all over Europe!

Sundays have no Price !

Common spare time is precious for everyone


On 4 march 2012 all over Europe, it’s the European Day Work-free Sunday ! 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.

We believe that all citizens of the European Union are entitled to benefit from decent working hours that, as a matter of principle, exclude working late evenings, nights, public holidays and Sundays. Only essential services should operate on Sundays.

Today, legislation and practices now in place at EU and Member State levels need to be more protective of the health, safety and dignity of everyone and should more assertively promote the reconciliation of professional and family life. We believe that social cohesion in European citizenship should be reinforced.


Therefore, the European Sunday Alliance calls on members, supporters and all citizens to make our common demand visible on Sunday, 4 March 2012!




Allianz für den freien Sonntag In cooperation with GPA-djp :

  • “Fact finding mission” in the streets

  • Press conference on 5 March
  • Media campaign


Katholische Familienverband Österreichs
  • Press release on 4 March
  • Will produce a poster
  • Dispatching of leaflets to trade union delegates to be posted in shops
  • If possible, re-launch website on this topic
Justice & Peace Commission, Catholic Bishops’Conference Published a call on 4 March, for the respect for work free sundays and calls on Christians to avoid shopping on sundays. Download in EN and Croatian
Catholic association in Sinj Organised a round table on Sunday work and a public demonstration on this topic. Download the Press release in English
Bosnia Herzegovina  
Franciscan publication « Svjetlo riječi » Published an article in its March issue on the topic : Sunday protection : only for christians or for everyone?
Czeck Republic  
OSPO Meeting and lobbying on Members of Parliament
CGT commerce et services
  • Internal meetings with members on the issue
  • Dispatching of leaflets
  • Press releases and communication campaign with other unions (CFTC, SCS, SOLIDAIRES ET UNSA)
  • Meeting all political groups
  • Check info here:


Association pour la fondation de Service politique
  • Communication on 4 March Action Day
  • Youtube video on Sunday protection:

CFTC Final Press release on Action Day in Paris
OIYE Press release
  • · 2 posters
  • · A press conference in Budapest
  • · From 5th March in all the country
FILCAMS Important media campaign with the two other unions.

Local initiatives in Padova and Firenze

Check information here:



FISASCAT Important media campaign with the two other unions.


Local and regional unions to conduct awareness campaigns towards citizens and consumers.


UILTUCS Important media campaign with the two other unions.


German Sunday Alliance

‘Allianz für den freien Sonntag’

  • Press release on 4.March Action Day
  • Press Conference on 2 March in Munich on Sunday openings in furniture stores
  • Several local and regional demonstrations on 3-4 March
  • Participation in several media programmes and articles in newspapers (Stimmen der Zeit (Artikel von Alois Riedlsperger), Tagespost (Kommentar)



Solidarnosc NSZZ
  • Solidarnosc is planning to distribute leaflets and posters on 20/02 and 03/03 in Warsaw, Łódź, Cracow, Poznań, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Legnica, Lubin, Zielona Góra, Rzeszów, Katowice and Opole.

Download the final Press release in English


Association of Catholic Families “Vladimir Ghika”, Bucharest Issued a press release on 4 March
Slovak Republik  
  • asked experts about explain the Slovak law about free Sunday;
  • asked Directory of Slovak Work Inspection in Košice if they have inspected organisation in Sundays whit the aim to see if is accepted Slovak Work Law (with negative answer);
  • lobbing with parliamentarians and candidates about human dignity in work time;
  • have brought the idea about human dignity in not paid work (parent, family carers) specialy in EY 2012;
  • have brought idea, that work in some areas ( trade, building industry etc.) can be taken as indicator of poverty, which is international comparable (is not relative)

Download the Final Press release in German

OZPOCR Meeting and lobbying on Members of Parliament


  • Press release
  • Political work
  • Lobbying and actions on opening hours and workfree sundays
FECOHT General demonstrations on 19/02 and 29/02
Federación de Acción Católica (ACE), Justicia y Paz (JyP), Acción Católica Obrera (ACO) y las Hermandades del Trabajo (HHTT)
CHTJ General demonstrations on 19/02 and 29/02


Media report on the Campaign in France


TV Report on the Campaign in France


Article in French weekly magazine “La Vie” 29.02.2012


Article in “La Razon”, Spain, 03.03.2012

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