Lit­tle cheer ex­tended to work­ing re­tail staff

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

ONE has to won­der if the State Gov­ern­ment gave any con­sid­er­a­tion to the hours worked by re­tail­ers' staff when it ex­tended shop­ping hours.

While Premier Colin Bar­nett and his Cab­i­net col­leagues may well be en­joy­ing fes­tive fare around 9pm on Christ­mas Eve, thou­sands of staff in Perth shops will still be at work.

How un­fair that young par­ents who work in our stores won't be able to tuck their ex­cited chil­dren into bed be­fore Santa ar­rives.

For those re­tail staff with strong Euro­pean tra­di­tions, where Christ­mas din­ner and the open­ing of presents tra­di­tion­ally oc­curs on the night of De­cem­ber 24, there won't be much fes­tive cheer if they get home from work around 10pm.

The same will oc­cur on New Year's Eve when, no doubt, our es­teemed Em­peror and his Cab­i­net co­horts will en­joy the year’s last few hours in the count­down to Jan­uary 1.

We have heard Mr Bar­nett re­fer to Christ­mas and New Year as a spe­cial time for fam­i­lies. How dis­ap­point­ing the Gov­ern­ment did not pro­vide a rare dis­play of common sense by stip­u­lat­ing that re­tail out­lets, other than in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, had to close by 6pm on Christ­mas Eve and De­cem­ber 31.

Iain Cameron,


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