Poland: Shopping On Sundays Could Be Curbed

Ignoring warnings of loss of jobs, the trade union has pressed on with its bill to check retail trade on Sundays

A draft bill to parliament to restrict retail trade on Sundays has been put forward by Poland’s largest trade union. This is following rejection of warnings from employers’ groups that such regulation would eliminate a quarter of the 400,000 jobs at shopping centers across the country.

Since the introduction of free-market reforms in 1990, fueled by 3% economic growth and rising wages, Poland’s unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest, making it the best time to introduce a limit on shopping hours.

More than half a million signatures, or five times more than required, was collected by the Solidarnosc union, to submit a bill to parliament for a draft law that would force shopping centers and supermarkets to shut on Sundays, while allowing retail stores at fuel stations, train and bus stops, airports, hospitals and schools to remain open.

In Hugary, following opinion polls showing more than two thirds of the nation opposed the ban, Hungarian lawmakers scrapped a Sunday-shopping ban implemented by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s administration last year.

In comparing July from a year earlier, Poland’s jobless rate declined to 8.6%, while wages grew 4.8%.

Poland banned shopping on 13 holidays, almost a decade ago, which led to about 40,000 people losing their jobs. After those in the UK, Germany and France, Polish shopping centers now employ the fourth-largest number of workers in the European Union, meaning that the proposed restrictions would eliminate almost 100,000 jobs. Source: ESM PWKD12092017

Editors Note: There is no doubt, if the appropriate polls were made in Poland, the majority of Polish consumers would oppose the ban.  There is a significant gap between the current conservative administration and the consumer on the ground. 

Last modified onMonday, 11 September 2017 21:50
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