Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2021

Sainsbury’s calls for ALL shops to close on Boxing Day to give staff ‘a breather’


Sainsbury’s will hold all of its grocery store, comfort shops and petrol filling stations shut this Boxing Day as a “thank you” to its workers. The chain added that its Argos and Habitat shops may also stay shut for the day.

It comes after grocery store rivals together with Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer stated they may also hold shops shut on December 26.

After a difficult 18 months for grocery store employees and elevated strain through the Covid pandemic, Sainsbury’s stated senior leaders made the choice after listening carefully to colleagues and commerce unions.

Simon Roberts, chief government of Sainsbury’s, stated: “Christmas is a really special time for so many, but because of lockdown restrictions last year, lots of us were not able to celebrate in the way we wanted.

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“In recognition of this and to say a massive thank you to all our colleagues for everything they have done during the last challenging year, we will be closing all of our supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations, as well as Argos and Habitat stores, this Boxing Day.

“I want to thank our customers in advance for their understanding, which will mean as many of our team as possible can have a well-deserved break to spend time with loved ones.”

Paddy Lillis, common secretary of the Usdaw commerce union, which represents Sainsbury’s workers, stated: “After discussions with Sainsbury’s we very much welcome the company closing all their stores on Boxing Day this year, to give their staff a proper break over Christmas.

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“The pandemic showed just how important shopworkers are to our society and communities, as they stepped up and kept essential services running throughout.

“Key workers have done so much this year and we don’t think it is too much to ask to give them the longest possible break over the festive season.

“We now hope that other retailers will follow Sainsbury’s lead, by closing their stores on December 26 to help workers enjoy their Christmas, give them a well-deserved breather and make Boxing Day special again.”



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