- Rejecting two bills aiming at introducing a ban on Sunday trade already at the first reading is the voice of reason of our MPs. It is a good decision for both the labour market and economy - says Violetta Żukowska, expert of the Employers of Poland.
Introducing a ban on Sunday trading would entail high social costs - increasing unemployment and slower economic growth. The consequence of such a solution would be reduced consumption and lower tax revenues, which would increase the budget deficit. The amazing thing is that the authors of the bills predicted the exact opposite in terms of socio-economic impact.
We estimate that as a result of introducing the ban about twenty five thousand people in the trade sector alone could lose their jobs. Taking into account related services and production even fifty to seventy thousand jobs would be at risk. It is worth pointing out the example of Canada, where as a result of lifting the ban on Sunday trading employment in the retail sector has increased from 5% to 12% depending on the region.
It is also worth noting that similar solutions are more and more commonly abandoned even in highly developed countries. Moreover, in many countries, decision-making powers in this area have been assigned to regional or local authorities and numerous exceptions and exemptions have been created (e.g. in Germany, France, Italy). This was linked with concern for the labour market, economy and quality of life of citizens.
Wioletta Żukowska, expert of the Employers of Poland