Posted by: becketfund | March 20, 2009

Australia: Large Stores Refused Permission to Open on Easter Sunday

NEW SOUTH WHALES ā€“ Retailers, including supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths along with David Jones and Harvey Norman, have been refused permission to trade in NSW (New South Whales) on Easter Sunday, NineMSN reported on March 20. The retailers applied through the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) to open on Easter Sunday, some citing the potential economic benefits in increased spending and the fact that not everyone shares the significance of the day. But the OIR has ruled that those retailers as well as Big W, Aldi and Clive Peeters must remain closed. Under the Shop Trading Act it is an offense for any shop to trade on Easter Sunday, as well as the other restricted trading days of Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and prior to 1pm on Anzac Day. There are, however, some exceptions. Small shops with no more than four employees and stores located in the CBD’s of Sydney, Newcastle and Cabramatta as well as some other regional areas will be allowed to open.

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