ROME, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Italian organizers said they are fighting the recent lift of government restrictions that prohibited businesses from being open Sundays and holidays.

The Christian Science Monitor said the deregulation was put into effect in January, allowing businesses to be open on Sundays, and was meant to stimulate competition.

But many organizers argue working Sunday has forced them to sacrifice family time, and that the move will benefit big businesses, as they can more easily shoulder the extra costs of overtime.