Con­cern over Sun­day trad­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

A union says 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.

John Han­nett, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Union of Shop, Distribu­tive and Al­lied Work­ers (Us­daw) says: “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 shop work­ers 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. It isn’t even clear who is ac­tu­ally call­ing for this change, with many re­tail­ers op­pos­ing it.

“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.”

He is urg­ing peo­ple to let their MP know what they think, so their vote in Par­lia­ment re­flects lo­cal views.

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