Shopworkers deserve Boxing Day off, urges union

Shopworkers deserve Boxing Day off, urges union
Usdaw has written to retail bosses pointing out how hard store staff have been working this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
// Usdaw urges retailers to close their stores on Boxing Day to give workers a decent break this Christmas
// Usdaw boss Paddy Lillis has written to retail bosses recommending this
// Follows announcements by M&S, Pets at Home and Wickes that they will close on Boxing Day

Major retailers are being urged to close their stores on Boxing Day to give workers a decent break this Christmas.

The shopworkers’ union Usdaw has written to retail bosses pointing out how hard store staff have been working this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The move followed an announcements by Marks & Spencer, Pets at Home and Wickes that they will keep all of their stores closed on Boxing Day this year.


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“With the country facing a crisis unlike any in our lifetime, retail and distribution workers have stepped up and kept food on all of our tables,” Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis said in the letter.

“The extraordinary response of essential retailers to the crisis has been rightly praised, and that response is down to the hard work and efforts of shopworkers on the front line.

“When others stay safe at home, they go out to work. They have faced increased levels of violence and abuse, as well as huge worries about their health and that of their families.”

Lillis said the easing of restrictions on households meeting for a short period over Christmas would be “little comfort” to retail workers, with many feeling under pressure to work on Boxing Day, even where it is supposed to be voluntary.

“The only way they will be guaranteed a decent break at Christmas is if food retailers close for Boxing Day,” he said.

“For key workers, who have done so much this year, asking for shops to close on Boxing Day, so that they can have some quality time with their families, is really not too much to ask for. 2020 has been a year like no other, so let’s ensure that retail workers get a decent break at Christmas.”

with PA Wires

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Would be great if all retailers closed for boxing day i myself work in retail and have worked all the way through covid i would love to spend some quality time with my family through the festive season as iam due to work boxing day goverment should make it compulsary for all retail stores to close on boxing day especially for all the retail staff who have worked all the way through the lockdowns and get paid for it not use it as a day off or have to book it as a holiday show all these essential workers that they are appreciated for all their hard work

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