Mark Tami MP backs local shopworkers and opposes Government changes to Sunday trading laws

Mark Tami MP for Alyn & Deeside attended an Usdaw lobby of Parliament to oppose the Government’s proposal to devolve Sunday trading regulations.

Usdaw members, who work in retail, met with MPs to explain how extended opening in large stores will lead to even more retail staff being pressured to work longer hours on Sundays, which is why over 90% of shopworkers oppose any extension to Sunday trading hours.

Mark Tami MP says: “I believe that the Sunday Trading Laws should remain as they are. Extending trading hours will not increase the amount of money that customers will have to spend or create additional jobs but could lead to the closure of smaller stores.”

“It would be detrimental to shopworkers and their families, as well as wider society, so I am pleased to be supporting Usdaw’s campaign.”

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Usdaw and our members are delighted to have the support of Mark Tami MP and many others who value the special nature of Sunday and want to protect it.  There is no great desire from shopworkers, customers, retailers or local authorities for these changes and many oppose them. We fear that devolution of Sunday trading is a solution looking for a problem.