Most Polish retail staff positively assess Sunday trading ban: report


Most Polish retail staff positively assess the Sunday trading ban, according to a report published by the Solidarity trade union.

In Poland, trade on Sundays is only allowed on the first and last Sundays of the month following a March ruling. The law allows shops to be open on only the first and last Sunday of each month, with some exceptions.

The study by the union found that 90 percent of women and 92 percent of men in large retail outlets where Solidarity have members were upbeat about the ban.

“Thanks to the law limiting trade on Sunday, Poles spend more time with their families,” said the head of the union. According to the report, four out of five of those polled were able to spend more time with their friends and family.

“GDP has not suffered, it has increased and public reception is very good.”

According to the study, 53 percent of women said they were less tired whereas 36 percent did not feel any changes.

As many as 61 percent of women and 64 percent of men said that the trading ban had improved their well-being. However, 34 percent of women and 29 percent men did not notice changes.

The retail trade website “wiadomosci handlowe” pointed out that the Solidarity poll was carried out among workers who now have those Sundays free. It did not take into consideration the views of those cashiers whose retail outlets have to stay open, such as e-shops, bakeries and petrol stations, who might be less happy with the current shape of the ban. Petrol stations have extended their food assortment in order to take advantage of their right to open every Sunday and their staff might not be happy about the additional level of custom or being left out.