Local shopworkers are very concerned about Government plans to devolve Sunday trading hours to councils and the effects that will have on family life, local shops and the community.
The change could lead to large shops opening for longer, even though they are already trading for up to 150 out of 168 hours a week, so shopworkers will have even less time to spend with their families. It won’t help small stores, who are already allowed to open whenever they like, and may put some of them out of business. This is a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist.
The Sunday Trading Act is a great British compromise, which has worked well for over 20 years and gives everyone a little bit of what they want.
We encourage your readers to let their MP know what they think, so their vote in Parliament reflects local views.
General Secretary, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw)