Our Weekends and Public Holidays are Under Attack

In 2018, the South Australian Parliament voted down legislation which would allow retail shops in South Australia to open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – thanks to the efforts of SDA members.

Despite this, the State Liberal Government has taken a backdoor approach to allow all shops in suburban Adelaide to open on Boxing Day and Easter Monday, forcing many retail workers to give up their right to time off on public holidays.

We know the Goverment’s attacks on your right to time off won’t end here and they will keep try to get these harmful extensions through that will only benefit the big end of town.

Send the Government a message below and tell them why you deserve time off on weekends and public holidays.

Find out more about how deregulation will hurt South Australia here.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Longer trading hours won’t mean there’s more money in people’s pockets.
Big business argues that extending trading hours will increase employment in the industry.

However, a report by the Productivity Commission found that when trading hours were deregulated in Victoria and NSW, there was no significant evidence of increased economic benefits or positive impact.

Deregulating trading hours will also mean that local, independently owned businesses will start losing customers to larger retail chains. This will have an adverse impact on employment in the retail sector.

In 2006, the South Australian Government review into changing retail trading hours concluded:

“ABS data on retail turnover provides no evidence of a benefit, in that there has been no apparent increase in rate of growth of retail employment in South Australia [since further liberalisation of trading hours]”.

The experience of most retail workers has been that previous extensions of retail trading hours has not increased the total number of hours of work available.

Retail workers report that these hours are simply redistributed because the sales made during the new extended trading hours cannibalise sales at other times of the week.

The retailers respond by simply changing rosters and cutting hours at other times.

The opportunity to work has shifted away from ‘normal’ working hours toward unsociable working hours. Extended trading hours force workers who have family commitments to work more and more hours away from their friends and family.

Big retail businesses want to extend trading hours because it will lead to greater market share.

South Australia has the largest proportion of independent retail. This means that the major players have less market power and there is more access to the market for many small producers.

The Liberal Government in supporting the push are supporting big business at the expense of smaller retailers, producers and workers.

There is little genuine demand from consumers for further extended trading hours. This push is not being led by consumers, but by Steven Marshall and Liberal Party who are doing the bidding of the big end of town.

A recent survey by the McKell Institute found that over 80% of South Australians are satisfied with South Australia’s current trading hours arrangement.