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SNP to vote against Sunday trading

Scottish National Party MPs will vote against government plans to introduce Sunday trading in England and Wales, in order to “protect the rights of workers in Scotland.”

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Plans to allow English and Welsh councils to allow larger stores to open for more than six hours on Sundays will not directly affect Scotland, where there are no trading restrictions in place.

But the SNP said it is concerned about the knock-on effects on Scottish pay, as the UK government’s Enterprise Bill “fails to protect the premium pay currently received by employees in Scotland.”

SNP economy spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said: “Protecting Scottish workers has been paramount to our decision to oppose the government’s plans on Sunday Trading. Our concerns here are rooted in the knock-on impact to Scottish workers who would be at risk of pay cuts - many of whom are already suffering from George Osborne’s cuts to tax credits and other in work support.

He added: “The SNP welcomed the additional employee protections brought forward by the UK Government which amends the Employment Rights Act to protect any worker from being forced into working on a Sunday – however they do not go far enough. There is no meaningful means of pro-active enforcement of the proposed legislation. The SNP are supporters of Sunday trading – we think in principle it can be a good thing – but we are clear that it should not be happening on the back of often low paid shop workers in Scotland and throughout the UK.”

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