Rally calls for protection of Easter trading hours

Rally at NSW Parliament

Ministers of religion and union leaders are asking NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to guarantee that retail trading hours won't be extended to include Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Boxing Day and Anzac Day, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

'This is about the freedom of families to spend time together,' said Reverend Keith Garner of the Wesley Mission. 'We are only talking about four and a half days that we want to preserve.'

Hundreds of retail and warehouse workers rallied at Australian Technology Park on Wednesday as part of the Take the Time campaign to improve work/life balance.

Meanwhile, ministers from the Anglican, Catholic, Uniting and Baptist churches and representatives of Wesley Mission and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association signed an open letter to Premier Barry O'Farrell, which they presented to Christian Democrats leader Fred Nile.

Reverend Nile addressed the delegation outside NSW Parliament on Wednesday. He said he was committed to opposing state government plans to extend trading hours to Boxing Day, saying it could eventually lead to further extensions, including Easter Sunday.

But Treasurer Mike Baird said he is committed to extending retail trading hours to include Boxing Day, to bring NSW in line with other states such as Victoria.

Photo: Christian Democratic Party MLC Fred Nile and Gerard Dwyer of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association at a rally outside the NSW Parliament on Wednesday

FULL STORY Ministers, union want guarantee over NSW Easter trading hours (SMH)

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