Letter: Keep shops shut

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your editorial ("Let the tills ring out glad tidings", 24 December) needs to be challenged - 24-hour opening by supermarkets should not be welcomed.

You clearly have little idea of labour relations in the retail sector when you state: "Provided staff are paid fairly ... " It is not only pay - many retail workers are given little choice about working these unsocial hours, managements are autocratic and the workforce is generally poorly organised.

I accept that long opening hours are convenient, but I would find it convenient if banks, council and government offices and leisure centres were open 24 hours. I do not clamour for this, because the workers in these areas deserve some time with their families.

Enough is enough. It's time to return to decency and common sense.


Chesterfield, Derbyshire