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Online forum on Boxing Day shopping

Do you work in retail? Are you a shopper who enjoys the Boxing Day sales? Inform the petition debate on Boxing Day shopping.

Debate in Parliament

On Monday 12 December 2016, MPs will debate a petition calling for all retail to be closed on boxing day. The petition reads:

"Close all retail on boxing day, retail isn't needed on boxing day!

Christmas is a family time, the one day is not enough time to see two sides of families, retail workers work extremely hard during the Christmas run up and only get the one day. If only everywhere could be closed boxing day! Some things are needed over the festive period, retail isn't one of them."

Get involved

The Petitions Committee wants to hear your views to help inform the debate. In particular, they would like to know:

  • If Parliament banned retail stores from opening on Boxing Day, what effect would that have on you?
  • How important are Boxing Day sales to you?
  • If you're a retail worker, do you have any choice about working on Boxing Day? Do you get extra pay for working on Boxing Day?
  • If you were an MP, what questions would you ask the Government during the debate in Parliament?

Your comments will be summarised and shared with MPs taking part in the debate.

This forum is pre-moderated and comments that breach the online discussion rules will not be posted.

The forum is now closed. The deadline for comments was midnight on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

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8010 Responses to Boxing Day shopping

Kerri Clifford says:
January 08, 2017 at 04:05 AM
I am not a retail worker and I don't have to work boxing day but I don't see why stores have to be open boxing day... Christmas should be a nice relaxing time to spend with your family but instead these workers have to prepre themselves for absolute mayhem, Sales are bad enough as it is but Boxing Day insists on stores opening at ridiculous times and causing havoc!!! It's ridiculous and un necessary
J J ALLAN says:
December 29, 2016 at 07:37 PM
Banning retail stores from Boxing Day opening would have no effect on me. I have no interest in in sales, I buy what I want when I NEED it, not because there are so-called "reductions". I feel sorry for retail staff, surely they have a right to spend two days with their loved ones?
Buffy Harding-Attwood says:
December 12, 2016 at 10:09 AM
Boxing day sales continue into January and where I work they actually start on christmas eve and therefore boxing day itself has no impact on the sale. I no longer receieve double pay on boxing day since the rise of the minimum wage and this year we were told we had to work untill 8pm even though the store would normally close at 6pm on this day. Every year it seems we are being pushed for more and more of our time over christmas and the rewards are getting less if not nothing at all, we need to take back some control before this goes to far and we end up being forced to work on christmas day.
We also have no choice in working if it falls on a day where we would normally be working.
Katie palfreyman says:
December 11, 2016 at 09:44 AM
This would only positivly affect me. I would see more of my family and friends. The sales don't matter to me at all as we have sales throughout the year snyway. I don't get paid any extra for working boxing day amd even if i did i would resent working it. Christmas is a time for me to see my family and i haven't been able to enjoy this aspect fully since i was a child.
Tina purdue says:
December 10, 2016 at 06:45 PM
no family values any more, no wonder there are so many broken family's .everyone needs to spend time with there loved ones, 2 days wouldn't hurt anyone
Dinah Gregory says:
December 10, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Boxing Day is a family day. I do not work in retail but friends that do work. I will not go shopping on Boxing Day. I feel so sorry for the retail staff who have to work on Boxing Day instead of spending time with their families. If people really want to shop, they can do it on-line. Sales can start on the 27th and those people desperate to shop can shop then! Let's support family values and stop the greed of the retailers!
Miroslawa says:
December 09, 2016 at 12:54 PM
I have been working in retail for 9 years and before that in restaurant where are the same demands in terms of Boxing Day. My parents and siblings live in a different country within EU and even though it is a short flying distance I have not been home for Christmas for over 11 years since I came here. Working on Boxing Day has never been a choice for me it has been a must and always for a regular pay. As a religious person I would like to visit a church during that time a enjoy spending Christmas with my family especially, that where I come from everything is closed on that day. Now I have my own little family and it is hurting me knowing that I can not be with my husband and 2 year old son on Boxing Day.
Lynne birt says:
December 09, 2016 at 10:41 AM
If Government were to ban shopping on boxing day it would mean my husband would have this day off for the first time in 16 years and we have a 4 year old son. He has no choice but to work this day. Shops are closed 2 days a year what is 1 extra day in a time where internet shopping is readily available and shops are generally open 7 days a week. If shops were to close boxing day there is still internet shopping and people will just shop another day. Boxing day sales dont really start on boxing day anymore so why is it still a big deal???
Peter Smith says:
December 08, 2016 at 02:48 PM
If Parliament were to ban retail stores from opening on Boxing day, it would enrich the family lives of vast numbers of people who would be able to spend time with family during our main religious festival. I believe that the current arrangement exacerbates the decline in moral values as it places a greater emphasis on making/spending money than on religious and family matters.
The Boxing day sales mean nothing to me other than bringing Christmas to an early close when my wife is required to work, I will not be attending sales on Boxing day and neither will be anyone I know.
My wife is a retail worker and has no choice about working on Boxing day, which she would not given the option. She does not get extra pay for Boxing day.
I would ask:
Are we not concerned that as those representing constituents and with the responsibility for governing the future of this country, we are comfortable to ignore an issue that devalues Christianity and family life?
Are we more concerned with the opinions of those we are elected to represent or a small number of captains of commerce?
Has our society become so shallow that shopping is the only solace?
If an individual has £100 to spend on sales, are they not just as likely to spend it on the day after if this were the first day of sales?
Is it not true that many retailers are open only because others are and that if all were closed this would level the playing field.
I hope that as those given the responsibility for the future wellbeing of this country you do not miss this opportunity.
Lisa Sampson says:
December 07, 2016 at 06:57 PM
Closing on boxing day would have little effect on me, as I make a conscious effort to not shop on that day. However it would have an effect on people I know who work in retail, enabling then to spend extra time with their families and savour the season rather than being pressured to work during a busy time.
Boxing day sales are not at all important to me, if I want savings I'm happy to wait until a convenient time for me and dislike being pressured by sellers time limited 'offers'.
During the years I worked in retail I was severely pressured, or prevented by company policy, by managers to take time off over Christmas. This impacted upon me hugely, but also upon my family I was absent and then miserable and exhausted when I came home. It was one of the main reasons for leaving the sector as it has a profound effect upon me and my job satisfaction.
I would ask the government to have compassion for the argument/petition that had been put forward, and to examine the reasons behind people supporting this. It isn't selfish, it's not anti-economy, it is to help grow the family and restore important time lost due to corporate greed. I would ask government to make a bold affirmation of support to normal working retail families, often lowely paid and rewarded for their sacrifice, to enhance their quality of life for this one extra day a year. Supporting this motion is standing up for core family values and a healthy workplace.