National’s Employment Minister Michael Woodhouse has introduced a Bill, The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, to give councils the right to open shops on Easter Sunday. That would mean retail workers all over the country losing one of just three and a half days in the year that’s guaranteed as family time. It’s also not a public holiday so there’s no legal obligation for employers to pay more than standard rates on Easter Sunday.
The Government is relying on Peter Dunne and Te Ururoa Flavell to pass this Bill into law, but the union movement is pushing back by petitioning these two MPs. You can click here to sign and share that petition and help protect Easter Sunday.