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Petition launched to keep shops closed on Boxing Day

Petition launched to keep shops closed on Boxing Day
Should they stay closed? (Picture: Getty)

A petition has launched urging the government to stop shops from opening on Boxing Day.

It has similar wording to a petition last year, which reached 235,678 signatures and was debated in parliament.

Last year the government rebuffed attempts to give retail workers an extra day to spend with family, but the petition is going again in another attempt.

So far, 110 people have signed so it has some way to go until it gets the momentum of 2016’s petition.

‘Retail workers are not mindless robotic drones, they are human beings too and as such should not be forced to cut down on time with family for someone’s potential profit,’ Thomas Banthorp wrote while signing his name.

The petition wording

Shops, especially supermarkets, do not need to open on Boxing Day.

While not everyone may see Christmas as a religious holiday, it should be respected as such, and retail workers (who work so hard on the run up to the big day) given some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else.

Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice.

We managed 30 and 40 years ago… when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week.

Let’s get back to the way it was. Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love.

If you’re on a contract they make it up in the week. Who gets paid double time these days.

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Last year, MPs debated the issue in parliament and the government concluded: ‘We do not believe it is for central Government to tell businesses how to run their shops or how best to serve their customers.

‘Therefore we are not proposing to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day.’

Signing this year’s petition, Gill Simms wrote: ‘I used to work in retail. Working Sundays used to ruin family time together.’

Elaine Tillbury added: ‘Why should they not be able to spend Christmas with their families? Shops used to close for a week at one time but we still survived.’

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