DTI presents case for closing shops at Christmas

The
DTI has announced proposals to prevent large stores trading on Christmas Day
and spoiling the festive season for workers.

The
Government will now enter into consultation with the industry over the plans
that are designed to preserve the special nature of the day for employees in
the sector.

Employment
minister Alan Johnson said the regulations would protect shop workers from
being forced to work over Christmas.

Under
the proposals small stores would still be permitted to open and the DTI is
seeking input from across the sector.

www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/consultations.htm

By Ross Wigham

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