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MP “disappointed” for shopworkers on Armistice Day

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WARRINGTON North MP Helen Jones says she is “very disappointed” the Government is not taking steps to allow shopworkers to take part in commemorating the end of World War 1.
The MP says she raised the issue after being contacted by constituents and the shop workers union USDAW.
Union chiefs were concerned that shopworkers who work on a Sunday would be excluded from ceremonies marking the centenary of the Armistice.
Ms Jones said: “The answer to my question shows that the Government just doesn’t get it.
“They have simply repeated that those who work on Sundays can opt out at any time. This ignores the fact that people now have to accept Sunday working in order to get a job and that my question was about this particular day.
‘’Shopworkers, like everyone else, will have lost relatives in conflict and will wish to take part in the events being planned, yet it is clear that the Government has not considered them at all.’’
The MP said that she would be writing to major retailers, asking what they would be doing to enable staff who wished to mark the centenary to do so, and would encourage colleagues to join her.

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