Wednesday 30 November 2016:The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) supports NSW retailers in opening their doors again this Boxing Day in the face of anti-jobs union opposition.

Last year was exceptionally big for NSW retailers and shoppers, with 2015 being the first year all retailers were able to trade on the Boxing Day public holiday. In previous years, trade had been restricted to tourist precincts including Bondi and the Sydney CBD.

This year, the NSW union will rally in Newcastle’s Speer’s Point Park in another effort to cost NSW retailers valuable income that the other States enjoy on one of the biggest trading days of the year.

“Boxing Day is possibly the busiest day of the trading year, and retailers should have the opportunity to trade and give staff the chance to work if they wish to. It isn’t compulsory to work under NSW legislation,” Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said.

“Consumers want to shop on Boxing Day, and retailers want to compete with online and interstate sales. Retailers know that employees work on this day voluntarily, and cannot be forced to do so. Severe penalties are enforceable to retailers who force staff to work.”

“It would be totally unfair if in NSW we reverted back to the days where only some retailers could open,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The Productivity Commission report (December 2015) made it very clear that retail trading hours should be deregulated. The ARA supports deregulated trading hours, and supports the NSW Government in allowing retailers to trade on Boxing Day if they wish to open.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556 E:media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $300 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

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