PE01780: Consultation on the closure of large shops on New Year's Day

Business Industry

Petitioner: Stewart Forrest on behalf of Usdaw


Date Lodged: 23 January 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to launch a consultation on implementing legislation already in place to ban large shops from opening on New Year’s Day.

Petition History:



20 February 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of Meeting 20 February 2020 

8 October 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. The Committee also agreed to write to GMB Scotland, Scotmid Co-operative, Scottish Retail Consortium and Scottish Trades Union Congress. Link to Official Report of Meeting 8 October 2020

16 December 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. Link to Official Report of Meeting 16 December 2020

10 February 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government is engaging with unions and retailers about the action called for in the petition. Link to Official Report of Meeting 10 February 2021

Written submissions

79% of Usdaw members in Scotland say they are not happy to work on New Year’s Day or 2 January. Do you agree they should be given a day off to spend time with their families over the festive period?

72% of Scottish Usdaw members report that their stores are fairly or very quiet on New Year’s Day. Would you be happy for all large stores to be closed on this day?

Just a personal comment that I am sure can be replicated. A family member had worked 10 days in a row during the festive period. They were unable to join a family gathering. Their retail job is demanding.Its time to look at pay and conditions and holidays for retail workers.

Ann Morgan

21:02 on 22 Jan 2020

Solidarity with my colleagues in Scotland. Staff deserve a decent break, and time with thier families.

Jo Crumplin

19:21 on 22 Jan 2020

New Year is a splendid tradition in Scotland and should be upheld for family and friends to gather together.

Jo Fisk

19:12 on 22 Jan 2020

Working people are the reason that we have commerce. They are the main commodity that businesses cannot do without. Respect your workers, respect their families and the will respect you.

Joe Passmore

17:03 on 22 Jan 2020

Having worked in retail for over 17 years it would be amazing to have time off with my grandchildren as I missed out so much with my own children

Tracey Collison

14:25 on 22 Jan 2020

Everyone deserves a decent break.

David Stevenson

10:06 on 22 Jan 2020

We should also have 1-2 week breaks for holidays with our children in summer to co inside with school holidays like we used to have.

Julie Lofthouse

0:35 on 22 Jan 2020

Make time for families instead of making more profits for capitalists.

John Revie

22:39 on 21 Jan 2020

All shops should be closed on new years day staff need time to spend with family

Alison Gow

22:03 on 21 Jan 2020

We don't open on new years day,but I don't think any shop should be open on this day.

William Keogh

21:08 on 21 Jan 2020

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