On Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:30:24 -0700 (PDT), GLOBALIST
Post by GLOBALIST
A new law banning Sunday trading in Poland has come into effect, with supermarkets and other retail outlets closed.
The legislation, sought by the Solidarity trade union and supported by the Catholic Church, will limit shopping to the first and last Sundays of the month.
Next year trade will only be allowed on the last Sunday of the month before a wider ban halts shopping on most Sundays from 2020.
The Solidarity trade union said it introduced the change to ensure retail staff get free time at the weekends.
The liberal opposition and other critics argue it will limit job opportunities for students and affect cross-border shopping from the Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia.
The law applies to foreign-owned hypermarket chains as well as other non-Polish outlets.
It will still allow shopping online and at smaller locally-owned shops including bakeries and petrol stations.
The ban was first proposed by Solidarity in 2016.
The right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government, which is close to the Catholic Church, got behind the ban and passed the legislation in November.
Sunday shopping became a popular family pastime in Poland with the advent of the free market after the collapse of communism in 1989.
Hungary backtracked on a similar ban after it proved widely unpopular.
Switzerland and Norway limit Sunday shopping, while Austria has a blanket ban.
Geeze! I never knew Switzerland and Norway had rules against Sunday
shopping! It never fails. Just when one starts to think that perhaps
there is a glimmer of hope for mankind to throw off its shackles of
barbarism, one finds out about something like this.
"Absurdity rules in Sunday shopping
January 19, 2016
NEWS ANALYSIS: Norways debate over shopping on Sundays took off again
this week, after the three most powerful grocery chains that wield
control over consumers ended up in a highly public brawl involving
police. The noisy conflict also highlights absurdities in current law
that provide numerous loopholes for those opposing Sunday shopping to
actually profit from it.
It remains, in general, illegal for stores to open for business on
Sunday in Norway, even though the countrys conservative government
tried to change that last year. Reform-minded policians ran into
massive opposition from some of the most powerful grocery and
retailing lobbyists themselves, not least NorgesGruppen, which owns
and operates chains like Meny, Kiwi, Joker and Spar. . . ."
"'Faith' is a fine invention
When Gentleman can see--
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency."
Post by GLOBALIST
Up to now, stores in Poland have remained closed for 12 days a year for major national or religious holidays.