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The new Europe-wide campaign, supported by CARE, to push for legislation to have Sunday as a work-free day in order to allow families to have at least one day in the week that families can spend together, was the subject of a well-attended conference in the European Parliament in Brussels this Wednesday.
Speaker after speaker produced hard evidence for the deleterious effects on health, safety, social and family life and civil society of having to work on Sundays, to encourage the responsible European Commissioner Lazslo Andor from Hungary (who was present and spoke at the meeting) to include provisions in the next round of revisions to the Working-Time Directive.
The slogan of the campaign is ‘On Sunday Mum and Dad belong to us’ (spoken by the children). It is aimed to be the first citizen petition initiative under the new Lisbon Treaty provisions. The petition has now gone live for signatures online at www.free-sunday.eu/en
If one million signatures are collected the European Commission has to make a formal response and either propose the relevant legislation or give very good reasons why that would not be appropriate.
I think this is fantastic news. I remember when the large UK retailers worked to get Sunday trading restrictions abolished in this country and they claimed we would then be more like the continental countries. Back then, less UK residents make trips there so the bare faced lie was not widely challenged. It was later we discovered just how much Sunday rest has been cherished across the channel.