Post by JustJohn or JJ on Jan 30, 2018 12:07:52 GMT -7
Poland limits Sunday shopping to benefit family life
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president on Tuesday signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it would benefit employees' family life.
The legislation, worked out by the conservative government and the Solidarity trade union, is expected to draw protests from large Western supermarket chains that are the main target of the law. A large part of their profit is earned on weekends, when many consumers do their big weekly shopping trips. Critics say some of the supermarkets make employees work long hours for modest pay.
President Andrzej Duda said that big traders would need to adjust their practices to the new system and asked them for "understanding."
The law allows numerous exemptions, including for small private retailers, bakeries, gas stations, florists, hotel shops and artistic events.
As of March 1, shops and markets will be closed on two Sundays each month. Only one Sunday a month will be open for trading in 2019, and starting in 2020 the legislation applies to all Sundays except before major holidays.
Critics say it will be easy to circumvent the trading ban.
At the signing ceremony, Duda praised the law as giving children a chance to be with parents and giving shop workers some needed time off. He said a worker in his local shop has thanked him for supporting the law.
Duda said he was trying to "restore normalcy" and that the policy would be in line with similar laws in some other European Union countries including Germany and Austria.
"Where there are hired trade employees, Sunday should be a day off to allow them time with their families," he said.
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Yes, of the few instances of agreement my self have found with Poland of late, I do find strongly in agreement with the decision of Mr. Duda with this situation as described. Employees of each respective business are people and people have families that need their presence.
Other then emergency service, there is not actual need for employees to be working on this day of Sunday, most all others will compensate this day in to their weekly schedule.
I hope that the exceptions would be kept. I am not for using populism in this aspect. I think people should be able to shop when they want to. Sunday shopping for some is the only day, they can do it.
Your reply and concern is very very valid and quite frankly popular in the minds of many people. The following url that is commensurately that of Germany and the manner was found to answer this issue. Hopefully a very similar resolution will be found by the Polish Government as a solution. Personally, my self, this was not a problem, for the solution was to pop in to any one of the 24hr shops or any of the small corner grocery stores operated by a Turkish Family. The items needed were of course a bit more expensive, but it was good enough until the following week. I must admit, my self am a bit cheap skate and usually most always shop at any of the cut rate markets.
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Karl, referring to shopping on Sundays. I remember how empty German towns were on Sundays. I realize that people should not just focus on buying stuff, still this is at least an opportunity to do with we don't have time during the regular week. Crimelawyer, welcome to the forum