The sudden announcement by a Government Minister that they are going to try to change Sunday Trading Hours has met with a vigorous resistance from the Shopworkers Union and Warley MP John Spellar.

John Spellar MP said “This is a shabby move. Firstly, they slipped out the announcement for so called consultation when Parliament wasn’t sitting. Now, having taken the Bill through the House of Lords, they are trying to slip in a change which will damage shopworkers, small shop keepers, and family life.

The current Sunday Trading laws are a proper balance of the needs of shoppers and shopworkers. Once again, the Government is imposing neo-Liberal dogma and looking after the big retail companies. It should be thrown out.”

John Hannett -; Usdaw General Secretary says: “It is all well and good for the Government to highlight local authority responses to the consultation but, as it is now nearly five months after it closed, surely we should be allowed to see all responses.

“I hope the Government will publish in full the views of retailers, shopworkers, community leaders and all those who take an interest in Sunday trading; so that MPs will be able to take full account of the consequences of future decisions on Sunday trading, particularly the impact on the retail trade. Their views are just as important as local authorities and should be heard as part of the debate.

“The Sunday Trading Act is a great British compromise, which has worked well for over 20 years and gives everyone a little bit of what they want. Retailers can trade, customers can shop, staff can work; whilst Sunday remains a special day, different to other days, and shopworkers can spend some time with their family.”

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