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Usdaw opposes suspension of Sunday trading laws during Olympics

The shopworkers’ union Usdaw has released survey results that show that over three quarters of its members oppose the government’s proposal to suspend Sunday trading laws for eight weeks during the Olympic Games this summer.

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Usdaw opposes suspension of Sunday trading laws during Olympics

The shopworkers’ union Usdaw has released survey results that show that over three quarters of its members oppose the government’s proposal to suspend Sunday trading laws for eight weeks during the Olympic Games this summer.

The union surveyed over 20,000 of its members after the Chancellor George Osborne announced the move in his Budget. Usdaw said 77% of its members said they were opposed to the proposed suspension of Sunday trading laws with 12% saying they were in favour.

Usdaw has met with Business Minister Mark Prisk to set out why the union dos not support the temporary suspension and to reiterate its opposition to the deregulation of Sunday trading in general.

The union has also written to all MPs to set out its opposition to the proposed suspension and to ask MPs how they intend to vote on the Sunday Trading (London Olympic and Paralympic Games) Bill when it comes before Parliament again later this month.

Speaking after the meeting with Prisk, Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett said: "The Bill is ill-thought through, rushed and desperately lacking a proper regulatory impact assessment. There is no evidence that extending Sunday opening hours will boost the economy or tourism and there has been little meaningful consultation with employers, employees and others."

"Our position on the proposed suspension is also shared by many retailers, whose responses have ranged from lukewarm to outright opposition. As many retailers are saying, the Bill would impose extended opening times on the sector at a time when margins are being squeezed, consumer spending is weak and sales are flat-lining. The last thing retailers need this summer is increased overheads with little or no return." 

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