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Council right to reject easing of trading rules

I am writing to congratulate and commend members of Belfast City Council for defeating longer Sunday trading hours.

It was an excellent response to a campaign by my Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) colleagues, based upon reason and evidence.

Sunday is a special day and matters to the citizens across the UK as a whole.

That's why all parts of the UK should consider strengthening, rather than weakening, Sunday trading regulation.

For example, Remembrance Sunday is surely an extra-special Sunday, like Easter Sunday? Thus, there is a prima facie case for shop closure on Remembrance Sunday to enhance the qualities one associates with Remembrance Sunday as understatement, quiet, dignity and decorum.

And such a move will be a boost for retail, as more goods will be brought from the shops prior to a one-day closure.

JOHN BARSTOW

Executive council member

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers

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