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The New Democracy-Pasok government’s decision to carry on with the implementation of a pilot programme that allows stores to continue operating on Sundays has caused fresh reactions within the coalition.
PASOK MP Michalis Kassis spoke of “subservience” to the troika “that must end” and wondered “what interests are being served” by having stores operate on all Sundays.
Dimitris Stratoulis from SYRIZA claimed that measure will expand to the rest of the country in order to abolish the Sunday holiday “to benefit the big stores and multinational chains” and added that the measure would have a profound effect on small businesses that are struggling, thus increasing unemployment.
The president of the national confederation of Greek commerce (ESEE) Vasilis Korkidis told Vima 99.5 FM that “they are mocking us” and resigned from his post at New Democracy’s political committee. He stressed that businesses wanted to increase opening hours in the summer and spoke of “certain obsessive business interests” and claimed that the goal is to benefit “4-5 or