John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Devolving powers to vary shop opening times to local authorities and elected mayors is deregulation by the back door. It is a recipe for chaos in the retail sector which will result in numerous trading hours regulations across different areas, where we could see stores on opposite sides of a road operating in different regulatory regimes. That is hardly cutting ‘red tape’, a stated aim of the government.
“Extended Sunday trading is not good for business, because it spreads the same customer spend over a longer period. It isn’t good for staff, who frequently tell us that Sunday is often the only day they get to spend quality time with their family. So we will be participating in the consultation and opposing the proposal.”
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Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 430,000 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.
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