Christmas at home for shopworkers
The Christmas Day (Trading) Bill got its second reading in the House of Commons today. It is a measure proposed by MP Kevan Jones and supported by USDAW, which would have been my union when I worked at Reckless had such a thing been recognised by such a small and quirky second-hand record business.
"The Christmas Day (Trading) Bill proposes to ban stores with a floorspace in excess of 280 square metres from opening on Christmas Day in England and Wales. Under current legislation, these stores are only banned from opening if Christmas Day is a Sunday."
Looks like it went well with only one MP opposing it - An early Christmas present for shopworkers.
I don't hold with keeping Christmas special out of any religious conviction, just out of a conviction that it is right to guarantee to shop-workers at least one day of the year when they know they won't be coerced into working unsociable hours to keep their jobs. It is four years since I last worked in a shop now, but I still get pleasantly surprised every time Bank Holidays and Easter come around, and I actually get time off.