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CTU opposes Easter Sunday trading

CTU opposes Easter Sunday trading

The CTU opposes further liberalisation of shop trading hours.

Carol Beaumont, CTU Secretary, said today that “there are only four days out of 365 days when shops cannot open 24 hours a day. There needs to be some community days when shop employees can join other New Zealanders for a holiday. Nearly 20% of the workforce is in the retail sector”.

The CTU has said that it will support miscellaneous amendments to resolve some current anomalies.

However the CTU does not support the liberalisation of trading hours to include Easter Sunday – either generally or by a local Government process.

If Parliament was to allow Easter Sunday trading, the CTU strongly supports penal rates and a day in lieu for workers, along with genuine choice as to whether to work that day.

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