Should Sunday trading restrictions be lifted?

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Former_MSE_Debs
Former_MSE_Debs Posts: 890 Forumite
edited 20 March 2012 at 7:13PM in MoneySaving polls
Poll started 19 Mar 2012, click here to vote

The government has announced that restrictions will be lifted during the Olympics, but should restrictions be lifted permanently?

Which of the following is closest to your view?

I’m a practising Christian
Prohibit all Sunday trading
Keep Sunday trading rules as now
Allow trading on Sunday like any other day

I’m a practising member of a non-Christian faith
Prohibit all Sunday trading
Keep Sunday trading rules as now
Allow trading on Sunday like any other day

I’m not a practising member of any religion
Prohibit all Sunday trading
Keep Sunday trading rules as now
Allow trading on Sunday like any other day

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  • custardy
    custardy Posts: 38,365 Forumite
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    I’m Sottish & not a practicing member of any religion
    I don't see what the fuss is about ;)
  • live'n'learn
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    I am both a Christian and a family man who thinks further change is not needed.
  • warehouse
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    I don't believe in faries so don't give a hoot.
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  • wizzardmr42
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    I'm a practicing Orthodox Jew and it would be very useful for me to shop on Sunday as any other day. I don't really care if shops are open on Saturday (my religious day of rest) as long as it isn't Jews who are working/shopping there and my feelings would be exactly the same in Israel, so I don't see why the state has to impose restrictions on trading on everyone in this country.

    That said, as a religious Jew, I do appreciate that it is healthy for people to have a day off every week when they aren't involved in work, but if that is the aim then I think that would be better covered by employment law.
  • VfM4meplse
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    I really don't like having to change my plans for Sundays because supermarkets close at 4/5pm - and have been caught out a couple of times when having friends have popped over unexpectedly on Sunday evenings - so have learnt to do without. Visiting a retail outfit is a matter of choice and I personally wish we had a 7/11 cuture. The tricky thing would be legislating to ensure that those who don't believe that Sundays are sacred for religious reasons aren't forced to work on that day.
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  • custardy
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    VfM4meplse wrote: »
    I really don't like having to change my plans for Sundays because supermarkets close at 4/5pm - and have been caught out a couple of times when having friends have popped over unexpectedly on Sunday evenings - so have learnt to do without. Visiting a retail outfit is a matter of choice and I personally wish we had a 7/11 cuture. The tricky thing would be legislating to ensure that those who don't believe that Sundays are sacred for religious reasons aren't forced to work on that day.

    but what about (as per the post above) those who have other beliefs
    Are Jews protected now for Saturdays?
  • LittleMissAspie
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    Sunday should be a normal trading day and shop worker contracts should be for set hours like office worker contracts are. Then you can avoid shifts on days you can't work.

    It's not just retail that works on Sundays though, what do Christian nurses/vets/journalists/chefs/pilots etc etc do about Sundays?
  • kevin137
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    I live in Norway and only certain shops with a sq footage not above a certain amount may open on a sunday, except for December when shopping hours are not so tight and all shops may open on a sunday for even stricter hours than the UK.

    And i have to say, it is far more important for family life and family activities that it is this way, the more normal a sunday becomes the more will be expected in other areas, what is next offices open on weekends...?

    For me a well balanced life now revolves around family and sunday is part of that with no distractions...!
  • wouldbeqaulitymoneysaver
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    NO I am an Ex-Christian and Ex-Church Goer. It is not right for Businesses to force people to work 24/7 365 for profits where the Work-Life Balance is further out of wack inconveniencing all sorts of people from Singles to Families.
    This strikes me as [yet] another type of potential Workplace exploitation.
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  • custardy
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    NO I am an Ex-Christian and Ex-Church Goer. It is not right for Businesses to force people to work 24/7 365 for profits where the Work-Life Balance is further out of wack inconveniencing all sorts of people from Singles to Families.
    This strikes me as [yet] another type of potential Workplace exploitation.

    Im not sure where you get this from
    who is working 24/7/360 days a year?
    guess all Scots are doing that?
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