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Christmas is not working

Shopworkers deserve a proper break over the festive period

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. Shopworkers need a decent break over the festive period, and retailers should:
  • 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
We’re calling on retailers to put their hardworking staff first, and keep the shops shut.

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