Should shops be closed on Sundays
Pros / Cons
Should shops be open on Sunday? What do you think about it? What are the pros and cons?
PRO Sunday opening
Imagine it is Sunday - and you can do your shopping after breakfast stress-free and comfortably, for which you had no head and no time during the week. Fantastic, isn't it? A scenario that many Austrians would like, but unfortunately it is not currently possible.
Like the Christ Child, the Sunday shopping debate comes back every year. But unlike him, it has never led to a meaningful result in this country. Churches and trade unions oppose this because the Sunday rest is sacred. The arguments are hypocritical and the way of thinking anachronistic.
“An uninterrupted rest period of 36 hours”, as suggested by the Rest of Work Act in Austria, is important and imperative for employees. There is no room for discussion. But why should it be set in stone that this can only be done on Sundays? Just because it was always like that? Just because the church fears that it will finally no longer see anyone sitting on its benches?
At every nook and cranny, our society is crying out for flexibility and customizability in our lifestyle. "I lead my life as I want" -But a state-applied Sunday brake is perfectly fine, isn't it? It doesn't go together.
Apart from the fact that one in seven Austrians already works regularly on Sundays, there are also enough people who not only would not have a problem with it - no, they would like to do it too. For example, students so they can spend the rest of the week studying. Or retailers who see this day as an opportunity to earn more (on top of that).
And that families would suffer from the Sunday opening may be true in individual cases. But that is a killer argument and cannot be generalized. Families can suffer just as much when parents don't have a job. Or just BECAUSE the family is together on Sunday. Conversely, families can also spend a nice day together on Tuesday. Or on Wednesday. Or on Saturday. Or any day. What speaks against it when children, sometimes with dad, sometimes with mom, spend a day? Does everybody have to "pick together", as the Viennese say so beautifully?
Suggestion: How about trying out the Sunday opening for a limited time and then evaluating whether a society in the 21st century might not benefit from a more flexible model after all ?! And for the more cautious and more suspicious of us: In this case, a referendum could also be an effective means of sounding out Austria's will. And the new government is snubbed to want to live more direct democracy. Here is a good opportunity, here you go!
Fittingly: That's what the Austrians say about the Sunday opening
Editorial: Closed for Wealth
CONTRA Sunday opening
A break is a must. Even in our fast-paced world or especially in this one. And what day would be more attractive than Sunday? Incidentally, this view is shared by the church and the trade union alike.
What speaks against a Sunday opening in retail? From a business point of view: Increased operating and personnel costs, also a burden for employees and their families. Speaking of families. Wouldn't it be in the best interests of the family if work could at least rest on Sunday. What if you had time for the children, friends or the hobby? Sunday is one of the few places of calm where you can meet other people.
And what about the people who have to stand behind the cash register on Sunday, serve customers, have to clear shelves. Do they even want to work on Sunday? According to a 2015 GPA-djp survey, around 96% of those affected spoke out against work on Sundays.
Admittedly, our work is becoming more flexible, we are talking about the introduction of the 12-hour day, in some areas this is already common practice, but isn't there a consensus?
What if you found a compromise? Suggestion: During the week, between Monday and Friday, the shops are open longer. That suits the working people and Sunday stays free.
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