Union calls Parliamentary debate to call for an end to Sunday trading experiment

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Shopworkers pressured into working on Sundays during the Olympic and Paralympic Games were looking after ‘ghost’ shops, according to a new survey.

Usdaw released the results of the survey to coincide with a debate in the House of Commons yesterday about the deregulation of Sunday trading.

More than 700 Usdaw reps in the retail sector took part in the survey which showed:

• 65% said their stores were either quiet or empty during extra trading hours with just 5% busier than on a normal Sunday.
• 51% of stores could not meet extra staffing needs with only volunteers and 56% of reps said staff were put under pressure to work extra hours.
• Most stores opened for nine or eleven hours with the most popular opening time 9.00am and most popular closing time 8.00pm.
• 96% of reps said they opposed a permanent deregulation of Sunday trading hours.

Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett said: “These results confirm Usdaw’s view that extending Sunday opening hours will do nothing to boost the retail sector or help create jobs and growth.

“The government promised that the temporary suspension of Sunday trading laws was not a trial or Trojan horse for permanent deregulation and I hope ministers will take the opportunity of this adjournment debate to end all the unhelpful speculation and confirm there will be no change to the current legislation.”


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