Council cans Easter trading

Otago Daily Times 3 September 2018
Family First Comment:  Good decision for families 👍

Easter Sunday shopping in Dunedin is no more, leaving unions happy but businesses disappointed.

The Dunedin City Council voted 10 to 4 yesterday to return to the old rules, which only allows certain types of shops to open.

It also voted to ask the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to make changes to the Local Easter Sunday Trading Hours Act so local bodies could allow Easter Sunday trading if certain conditions were met, such as a major concert or event.

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan called the decision a disappointment and accused the council of being hypocritical.

Last month, a council hearings committee voted 3-1 to recommend the council reinstate the old rules, partly based on claims from unions some employees had been forced to work.

Cr Christine Garey asked if any official complaints had been made by employees who had been forced to work.