Keep Easter Sunday as family day, MPs told

easter shop closedRadio NZ 3 March 2016
MPs considering whether shops should be open on Easter Sunday have been told it should be kept as a day for family.

Councils, industry organistion Hospitality New Zealand and family groups appeared before MPs today to give their views on whether councils should be able to decide if shops can open on Easter Sunday.

Family First New Zealand’s national director Bob McCoskrie told MPs Easter was an important time for families.

Mr McCoskrie said employers would put pressure on staff to work, despite the bill containing provisions that would allow any staff who did not want to work on Easter Sunday to refuse to do so.

The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill allows local councils to determine whether shops can trade on Easter Sunday. It passed its first reading in Parliament in November last year.
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