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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Stores urged to let staff rest on Christmas DayOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Majorretail stores are coming under pressure from shop staff  not to trade on Christmas Day.Retailemployees’ union Usdaw has launched a campaign to prevent large retailers fromopening their stores on Sundays.Asda,Sainsbury’s and Tesco already have branches open round the clock in thebuild-up to Christmas (News, 5 December), but are reluctant to speculate onwhether they would open on 25 December. Sainsbury’splans to open petrol stations in Roehampton and Lewisham in London and Horleyin Surrey on Christmas Day as a trial in conjunction with Shell. Chains ofsmall convenience stores will be open and consider it a major trading day.Usdaw wantsthe Government to implement legislation making it illegal for stores to open onChristmas Day. MP andUsdaw member Nigel Griffiths has backed the campaign, along with more than 50other MPs. He wants the issue debated in the next parliamentary session andhopes regulations will be adopted either through the legislative process or asa private member’s bill. Griffithssaid, “Britain is fast becoming a 24-hour society with shopworkers on the frontline.  As a result, we are seeing morework-related stress caused by longer and more unsocial hours, which impacts onfamilies.”But TrevorDixon, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, whichrepresents large chains such as Spar, Costcutter and Londis, said, “We areopposed to any change in the shop trading hours regulations.”last_img read more