Shopworkers deserve a proper break at Christmas
More than three-quarters of workers surveyed by Usdaw said that working over the Christmas period means that they spend too little time at Christmas with their loved ones.
Most retail workers are put under pressure to work on Boxing Day, and this even happens in workplaces where it’s supposed to be ‘voluntary’ – that’s why 97% of retail workers think that shops should shut on Boxing Day
For too many people working in retail, Christmas isn’t a proper holiday. This year has been an extremely difficult year for retail and distribution workers, who have had to work in extremely challenging conditions to keep the country going. Shopworkers need a decent break over the festive period and retailers should:
We’re calling on retailers to put their hardworking staff first, and keep the shops shut.
- Close shops by 4pm on Christmas Eve
- Stay closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day
- Ensure that workers don’t lose out on pay when shops are closed
The impact of Christmas working on our members
See what some of our members said.