Trade Union Calls for Shorter Shop Opening Hours

November 12, 2019

The Independent Trade Union of Retail Workers (KDFSZ) has called on Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony to put forward a proposal limiting Sunday shop opening hours in Budapest, daily Magyar Nemzet reported. The trade union wants supermarkets with a floor area exceeding 400 square meters to be open only until 2 pm on the last day of the week in order to avoid overburdening workers who often have to work overtime due to labor shortages. The union, which represents more than 400,000 workers in the sector, noted that shorter opening hours on Sundays would also help ease the environmental burden in the capital. “This idea would fit the Mayor’s program announced for Budapest, which aims to prohibit workers from being heavily overworked at public sector companies. In addition, this step would be in line with the declared climate emergency, for which we offer a concrete solution in the area of commerce that is practically used by everyone in their daily lives,” according to Csaba Bubenkó, chairman of the trade union. In March 2015, Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party introduced legislating prohibiting retail outlets from opening on Sundays. The so-called ‘shopping ban’ was in effect until April 2016, when the government revoked the law in the face of negative social feedback.


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