Church of England open to ‘temporarily loosening’ Sunday trading laws

May 6, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: The Church of England has hinted that it would not oppose a temporary relaxation of Sunday trading laws during this time of Covid-19 and national lockdown. Speaking to The Telegraph, The Rt Rev. Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans and spokesman for the Bishops in the House of Lords, said “we must all think about innovative and flexible ways to protect our local economies,” though added that current proposals “lacked transparency.” Boris Johnson has said that he is...

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Sunday trading hours could be scrapped to help ease queues

May 5, 2020 by

by James Hockaday, Metro: Laws restricting how long shops can stay open at weekends could be suspended during the lockdown to prevent them from becoming overcrowded. Supermarket bosses have been calling or more flexible hours to ensure queues are shorter and to help customers stick to social distancing guidelines. Under the Sunday Trading Act 1994 shops larger than 3,000 sq ft can only serve customers for six hours between 10am and 6pm. But yesterday Boris Johnson said he is ‘looking at’...

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After 25 years of Sunday trading, have we caved in to the culture?

Sep 1, 2019 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: If you are of a certain age you can remember a time when Sunday was genuinely different. A time when it was peaceful, and quiet, and for that one day of the week at least, the High Streets were empty of shoppers. It’s 25 years this year since Sunday trading rules were liberalised in England and Wales at the end of August 1994. At the time, a powerful coalition of church leaders, trades unions and others fought to stop it being deregulated even more. The...

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Christian Woman Awarded $21.5 Million After Employer Fired Her For Refusing To Work Sundays

Jan 19, 2019 by

by Paul Bois, Daily Wire: A federal jury in Florida awarded a Christian woman $21.5 million in punitive damages this week, declaring that her employer, the Conrad Hotel, unjustly fired her when she refused to work on Sundays because of her Christian faith “Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at the Conrad from 2006 to 2016,” reports the Miami Herald. “The hotel knew about her involvement in the Soldiers of Christ Church that prevented her from working Sundays. But in...

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Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020

Nov 26, 2017 by

from Catholic Herald: Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020. Initially proposed by trade unions, the idea received the support of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, who want to allow workers to spend more time with their families. The Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, passed the bill by 254 to 156 to restrict Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month until the end of 2018, only on the last Sunday in the month in...

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Most Belfast shop workers oppose extended Sunday trading

May 4, 2017 by

by Eno Adeogun, Premier: The results of a survey conducted by trade union reveals 85 per cent of shop workers oppose Belfast City Council’s suggestion of extended Sunday trading. Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), questioned more than 600 of its members working in retail in Northern Ireland. Almost two thirds of them said that they already come under pressure to work on Sundays. John Hannett, Usdaw general secretary, said in a press release: “Our members in...

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