Thanks to pressure from David Lepper, Brighton Pavilion Labour and Co-operative MP, the Government has decided not to extend Sunday shop opening hours. David has championed the interests of small traders in general and in this instance played a key role in diverting a move toward extending Sunday trading.
In a Commons debate David presented evidence to support the view that there was no demand for an extension from either the public or from larger shops while small traders and shop workers have always fought against it. (see previous article in Knowledgebase entitled - David Lepper questions the need to change Sunday shopping).
David said, “This is a victory for shopworkers and their families. It also means small stores will not face even more competition from the big supermarkets.”
John Hannett, Usdaw general secretary, has written to thank David Lepper for his support.
“I would like to thank David for listening to his constituents and acting on their behalf. Thanks to all the MPs who supported this campaign, we have a decision that will be celebrated by shopworkers everywhere.
“When Usdaw asked retail staff, 94% opposed longer opening hours on Sundays. 80% of staff already have to work on Sundays and over half of them are under pressure to work more.
“Longer Sunday opening would have compelled more staff to work for longer to the detriment of their leisure and family time. David Lepper has shown by his actions that he is a strong supporter of families, and the Government have shown by their decision that they are listening to voters.”
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