Rachael Maskell MP is speaking up for retail staff as the Government propose to relax Sunday trading laws to boost the economic recovery. Labour do not support the suspension of the current regulations on Sunday trading and believe it is the retail staff who will inevitably end up paying the price.
Speaking with City AM, Rachael Maskell MP said:
“Shop workers have been at the forefront of responding to our needs during this crisis. They immediately stepped up to meet the demands in their communities to ensure that everyone was able to receive the food they needed and were safely fed.
“Over this time, many of them put their health and their lives at risk, as necessary protections and PPE equipment were not available. However, our shop workers have continued to work through every challenge.
“We know that many shop workers also face structural challenges which lead to health inequalities and, as the Public Health England report highlighted last week, have exposed them more to Covid-19.
“Having supported us, it is time that they too were given the necessary support from their communities. They deserve some time off on Sundays.
“I will therefore be opposing the proposed measures to extend Sunday Trading hours. Shop workers’ rights and their time with their families should be protected.
“We have managed this far with limited trading hours on Sundays. We can continue to manage.”
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