SHOP workers lobbied Leeds City Council yesterday over plans to change the way supermarkets’ Sunday opening hours are controlled.
The government plans to pass decision-making powers over the operating of Sunday opening hours to local authorities.
Supermarkets can open for only six hours a day on Sunday at present, but if local authorities take over responsibility councillors could allow longer opening.
Shopworkers’ union Usdaw opposes the proposal, and organised yesterday’s lobby of councillors at Leeds Civic Hall.
Usdaw Leeds branch vice-chair Iain Dalton said: “De-regulating Sunday trading is something almost nobody wants — retail workers oppose it, local convenience stores oppose it, and even several of the supermarket chains oppose it.
“We’re calling on Leeds City Council to support us in our opposition to these plans and to say that they will not utilise such powers in Leeds if they are offered.”