More than 160k sign petition to shut shops on Boxing Day

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Almost 170,000 people, and counting, have signed a petition for retail outlets to remain closed on Boxing Day to spare retail workers.

The page has been flooded with comments from supporters who say workers are being “bled dry” by “greedy employers”.

Jewellery retailers are facing pressure from some to close on the festive day, which saw £1.4bn spending last year. Let us know whether your store is staying open by answering the poll below.

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The petition, called “Stop Shops opening on Boxing Day”, has already achieved the 100,000 mark meaning that it will be considered for debate in Parliament. So far 41 petitions have been debated in the House of Commons.

Ian Lapworth, a baker from Kettering, started the campaign a month ago and is calling for a less commercialised holiday season.

“Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love,” the petition says.

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The campaign is proving popular with workers in the retail sector.

 

 

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