‘Let the workers have a good time at Christmas!’ On Boxing Day, Britons voted to close all high-street stores.
BOXING DAY SALES should be a thing of the past, according to Express readers who urged Boris to close all high street stores on the day after Christmas.
To give employees a longer Christmas holiday, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons have chosen to close their stores on Boxing Day in 2021. According to 96 percent of voters who participated in a poll of 1,164 persons conducted from 3 p.m. on August 26 to 10 a.m. on September 1, all high street retailers should do the same.
“For goodness sake, businesses are open 364 days a year; I don’t believe one day fewer would be a big deal, and it would allow all store employees a chance to enjoy Christmas,” one reader commented.
“Anyone who believes differently is, to put it mildly, selfish.”
Others, however, were not so enthusiastic about the concept, with one saying, “For God’s sake, it’s the only legitimate excuse to avoid the in-laws!”
Steve Rowe, M&S’s Chief Executive, wrote to the company’s 70,000 employees to inform them of the news and thank them for their hard work throughout Covid.
“Up and down the country, our workers have been there for our clients in the most trying of circumstances,” he wrote in his letter.
“As a token of our appreciation for their tireless efforts, we’ve decided to close our offices on Boxing Day once again this year.
“Our colleagues will be able to spend more time with their families and loved ones as a result of this.”
Many employees would prefer to work over the holidays, according to some readers.
“Many employees who do not have family choose to work throughout the holidays,” one added.
“I have a friend whose husband died two years ago, and she now lives alone in Australia with her children.
“Working over the holidays allows her to interact with people rather than being at home.”
Others pointed out that not everyone in the United Kingdom celebrates Christmas.
“A quick tip that many of the personnel genuinely don’t care,” they wrote.
“Eid, Diwali, or their respective new year dates off would be preferable.”
“I would remove all official holidays and leave it up to individuals to determine the days they want off,” another reader concurred.
Only 40% of voters said they would favor requiring stores to open only if employees agree to work on Christmas Day, while 49% said they would not. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”