Andrew Gwynne MP has joined shopworkers’ trade union leader John Hannett in welcoming Labour’s opposition to the Sunday trading changes proposed by the Government in the Enterprise Bill.
The changes would see pressure on shopworkers to give up even more of their time with family.
A poll of 10,000 retail staff found that 91% oppose longer opening.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The Government’s plan to devolve Sunday trading to over 300 local authorities and mayors will cause chaos, for customers and for retailers. The Government hasn’t published the responses to their consultation, almost 5 months after it closed.
“I will firmly oppose any attempt to change Sunday trading.”
Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Business Secretary, said:
“The government are trying to prevent proper scrutiny of their Sunday trading proposals by not publishing them until the last minute.
“That is because longer Sunday opening won’t create jobs, will damage small stores and simply put greater pressure on shopworkers to give up even more of their family time at weekends. That is why I am supporting Usdaw to keep Sundays special for all of us.”
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary, said:
“Once again, we are fighting against longer Sunday opening. Fighting for our members who want a proper balance between work and life, to spend time with their family, take part in community activities or just take a well-earned breather.”