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Mar
2016
Tuesday 1st
posted by Morning Star in Britain

SHOPWORKERS will lobby MPs in Parliament today to oppose Tory plans to extend Sunday trading laws.

Supermarkets’ Sunday opening is currently limited to six hours.

But the Tories intend to wash their hands of responsibility for Sunday trading by passing decision-making powers on the issue to more than 300 local authorities.

There are signs though that the government might water down its proposals after unions, opposition parties
and some retailers have campaigned against the move.

MPs will vote on the proposals on March 8 or 9 when the Enterprise Bill’s report stage is considered.

John Hannett, general secretary of shopworkers’ union Usdaw, said: “Devolution of Sunday trading to over 300 local councils is the nightmare option that will strangle retailers in red tape, burden local councils, confuse customers about when shops are open and reduce valuable time shop workers have with their families as shops open longer on Sundays.”




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