SHOPS should be banned from opening on Boxing Day because low-paid workers’ time off is being eroded, a senior Labour MP said ahead of today’s debate in Parliament.
Helen Jones, who chairs the petitions committee, said workers have less time to spend with their loved ones because they have to prepare for Boxing Day sales late on Christmas Eve and early on the day itself.
A petition of more than 140,000 signatures has triggered the debate.
The British Retail Consortium opposes the idea and the government said it would not propose a ban because it is not for them to tell businesses how to run themselves.
But Warrington North MP Ms Jones said workers face problems with public transport and childcare at Christmas and additional pay for working unseasonal hours had all but disappeared across the sector.
She said: “What I’ve not seen is anything to convince me that Boxing Day generates extra trade as opposed to just moving it from another day.