THE government pressed ahead yesterday with controversial plans to devolve responsibility for supermarket Sunday opening hours despite widespread opposition.
Shopworkers, small retailers, independent stores and many supermarkets have opposed Tory plans to hand decision making over Sunday opening to more than 300 local authorities.
But the government has said it will be including its amendment to the Enterprise Bill on Sunday Trading, devolving responsibility.
Manchester-based shopworkers’ union Usdaw conducted a survey of 10,000 members, and 91 per cent opposed the move.
Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said the plan would “strangle the retail industry in red tape,” and would “have an adverse effect on family life.”
Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman said yesterday: “The voice of thousands of businesses, communities, shop workers and other organisations has been ignored.”
He accused the government of refusing to publish the full results of a consultation into the proposals, which are opposed in Parliament by Labour.