Work-free Sundays and Decent Work

This week at the European Parliament, 120 participants gathered for the launch of the European Sunday Alliance for a work-free Sunday and decent work, ahead of the European elections 2014. The Alliance has submitted a Pledge which aims at committing European politicians to the promotion of a common weekly day of rest, as well as a legal framework guaranteeing sustainable working times based on the principle of decent work.

Work-free Sundays and Decent Work

By signing this pledge, both sitting members and candidates of the European Parliament in the upcoming elections commit themselves to:

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!

Several MEPs and candidates signed the pledge

Several MEPs and candidates signed the pledge.

This second Conference on the Protection of a Work-free Sunday and Decent Work was held on 21 January 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels in order to raise awareness around the Pledge and the core demands of the European Sunday Alliance. The Conference was organised by the Members of Parliament Evelyn Regner (S&D) and Thomas Mann (EPP), together with the European Sunday Alliance.

In order to overcome the crisis in Europe, jobs need to be created and economic competitiveness established. The European Sunday alliance calls for competitiveness and decent work to go hand in hand with a common weekly day of rest: “ Europe needs recreation to be creative, innovative, and in the end, competitive.”

Throughout the conference, the panelists and keynote speakers took the view that legislation and practices in place at EU and Member State level need to be more protective of health, safety and dignity and should promote a better balance between family and private life and work. According to the Alliance, all EU citizens should benefit from work-free Sundays and decent working hours, which strengthens the social cohesion of our societies and represents a precious feature of our heritage.

CESI currently holds observer status in the European Sunday Alliance