Six-day­tradingis now­like­ly­in­town

Septem­ber 1978

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

The im­mi­nent ar­rival of Quinnsworth could sig­nal the start of shops be­ing open six days per week in Wex­ford town.

Wex­ford is one of the few re­main­ing towns of its size where shops open on five days only, but that could all change soon.

Quinnsworth op­er­ate six-day trad­ing and late-night open­ing on Fri­day (un­til 7.30 p.m. or 8 p.m.) at all their ex­ist­ing branches, and will cer­tainly want to do the same in Wex­ford when they open there next month.

But if they do, they are un­likely to be granted ex­clu­sive rights to stay­ing open on six days, as it is highly prob­a­bly that other shops will fol­low suit by do­ing the same.

There is a feel­ing in Wex­ford that this might not be a bad thing. Apart from ben­e­fit­ting shop­pers, ti could also be a ma­jor boost for shop­work­ers.

Quinnsworth are known to have very good wages and con­di­tions for their em­ploy­ees, and if they get their way in Wex­ford and are al­lowed to open six days a week, it could prove to be a lever for Wex­ford work­ers to get pay rises.

Talks were be­ing held last week be­tween Quinnsworth and the Wex­ford branch of the Ir­ish Union of Distribu­tive Work­ers and Clerks, and the Fed­er­ated Union of Em­ploy­ees, on the mat­ter.

Fur­ther dis­cus­sions are to be held later this week to try and reach an agree­ment on the is­sue.

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