Chain stores, unions refuse extra Sunday trading

3rd April 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 April 2006, BRUSSELS — The large shopping chains have temporarily decided against increasing the number of Sundays they will open for trading.

3 April 2006

BRUSSELS — The large shopping chains have temporarily decided against increasing the number of Sundays they will open for trading.

This is despite a recent government decision allowing shops to open on nine Sundays each year compared with the current three.

However, unions and the retail sector are opposed to extra Sunday trading.

Unions have staged protests to demonstrate against members having to work on Sundays, while chain stores are concerned for the costs.

Employers and unions have since temporarily agreed to limit the number of days that shops are open on Sunday.

A definitive decision will be reached during negotiations on new collective labour agreements, which should be completed by March 2007.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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