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Shopworkers in large stores overwhelmingly reject longer Sunday trading – an Usdaw survey says

Date: 22 September 2015 Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw has today released survey results which show that 91% of retail staff in large stores are opposed to longer opening hours.

The results of an Usdaw survey of over 10,000 shopworkers have been passed to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as part of the their consultation on Sunday trading.

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Our members in large stores remain absolutely opposed to extended Sunday trading. The number one reason for their opposition is the detrimental effect this would have on their family life. They also cited real concerns about the additional pressure they would come under to work on Sundays if shops are open longer.

“Many shopworkers, particularly parents, told us how important Sunday is to them and their family. Often it is the one day of the week when everyone can sit down together for a meal, with many saying they needed the time on Sunday to help their children prepare for the school week.

“Three-quarters of those questioned already work some Sundays and they made it clear to us that six hours trading is enough, with over half saying that they already come under pressure to work more on Sunday. If large stores opened for longer there would be more pressure on staff to work.

“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.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with nearly 440,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

The BIS Consultation closed on 16 September and applies to England and Wales: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/devolving-sunday-trading-rules

For Usdaw press releases visit: www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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