Up until last year, I had spent my entire working life in retail and Sunday Trading laws have always mystified me. If they are the way they are for religious reasons, would God (or for that matter any other Deity) care whether a store had more than 3,000 sq ft covered selling area or not?
I believe the problem with fewer restrictions on opening is that it can create a two-tier society, where most people work during the week, whilst others are forced to work only evenings and weekends, unable to connect with friends or family. If local authorities state that a retailer wishes to open longer, I would assume they asked a manager/head office representative, rather than the far greater number of employees. It’s worth bearing in mind that double pay or time-and-a-half on Sundays has widely been abolished. Extended hours would be particularly tough for those still in full-time education.
I am writing this now as it’s the first time in 12 years I’ve had enough free time to express an opinion.
Peelings Lane, Westham
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