Greens hopping mad over Easter trading

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The Green party is pushing for greater enforcement of protection of Easter Sunday as a day off, and welcoming the decision by Bunnings to keep its doors closed next Sunday. The move came after members of the National Distribution Union who work at Bunnings petitioned the Australian Government on New Zealand trading laws. 

Greens Employment Relations spokesperson Sue Bradford said she hoped other companies such as Foodstuffs, which owns Pak n Save and New World supermarkets, would follow suit.

“Public holidays are more than just a day off. They are a time for families and communities to be together. The purpose and value of public holidays is undermined if everyone has a different day off because retailers are compelling their employees to work,” said Bradford.

Minister of Labour Trevor Mallard said in Parliament that the current laws were not working to keep retailers closed, but no action has yet been taken after his November 2007 Discussion Document on the issue.

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