Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his support to a campaign against changes by the Conservative Government to Sunday trading laws.
The campaign, run by shopworkers’ union Usdaw, opposes the proposal to allow large stores to open for longer on Sundays.
Since Tory Ministers announced their plan Mr David has been contacted by a number of shopworkers from his Caerphilly constituency to express their opposition. Indeed, over 90% of shopworkers oppose this plan because they fear that extended opening in large stores will mean that they will be pressured to work longer hours on Sundays.
After meeting with Usdaw General Secretary, John Hannett in Parliament Wayne David said, “The law on Sunday trading has worked well for over 20 years. It allows retailers to trade and customers to shop, but it still keeps Sunday as a special day, different to the others. It also means that shopworkers can still spend some time with their family.
“Extending Sunday trading will not mean customers have more money to spend. It would not create jobs and allowing larger stores to open for longer could actually lead to the closure of smaller stores. So this is not a way to boost the local economy in the Caerphilly constituency. It would be detrimental to shopworkers and their families”.