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Work-free Sundays: European Day, initiatives in Switzerland, Austria and Germany

“The Work-Free Sunday Alliance is concerned at the increased number of working Sundays in many areas”, states a letter sent today to the president of the Swiss Confederation, Johann Schneider-Ammann, by the Swiss antenna of the European Work-Free Sunday Alliance movement. 3rd March is actually the “European Day for a Work-Free Sunday”, that tries to raise awareness of the “primary value of tuned-in leisure time in our European societies”, explains the Manifesto of the Movement, which has agencies in 17 countries. Today, the Vienna’s antenna too posted a release about the discussion on letting shops open on Sundays in the tourist areas of Vienna. “We have it at heart to protect our colleagues, who, with the Sunday openings, would have even less time for their social relations. A few extra euros for working on a Sunday will not repay the time you take away from your family”, the release says. A debate will be held at Bad Kreuznach, in Rhineland-Palatinate, today about “Must a city extend the opening hours of its shops to be attractive?”. The discussion will take place while sailing on the city’s river Nahe. The date of such European Day takes inspiration from a rule of the Edict of Milan, issued on March 3rd 321: “On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrate and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed”.

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