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Co-op's reduced Christmas opening hours ‘a step in the right direction,’ shopworkers' union says

THE Co-op’s reduced opening hours over the festive period are a step in the right direction for workers, retail union Usdaw said yesterday.

The retailer announced on Monday that its shops will be closing earlier on Christmas Eve and operating with reduced hours on Boxing Day.

Bosses said that shops on both December 26 and New Year’s Day will be staffed entirely by those employees who do not mind working during the holidays.

Usdaw national officer John Gorle said: “Many retailers are taking a different approach to opening stores over the festive period and, following extensive discussions with the company, these changes are a step in the right direction from the Co-op.

“The pandemic showed just how important shopworkers are to our society and communities, as they stepped up and kept essential services running throughout.

“Key workers have done so much this year and we don’t think it is too much to ask to give them the longest possible break over the festive season.

“Usdaw continues the campaign for stores not to trade on Boxing Day, along with New Year’s Day in Scotland.”

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