Retailers across NSW will be allowed to trade on Boxing Day.
After a two-year independent review that took place in 2015 and 2016, the state government has acted on a recommendation to allow Boxing Day trade, a move that National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb claims is a big win for the industry.
“We believe the new law will be good for retailers, who will now be able to cash in on what is one of busiest days of the year for retail, and also good for shoppers around NSW, who will now not miss out on Boxing Day bargains,” she said.
“It’s important to also note that, contrary to claims by the union movement, there will be protections in place for retail employees who work on Boxing Day. An employee will not be required to work if they choose not to, and those who do will be paid a generous penalty rate of 250 per cent.
“The NRA will continue to advocate to other state governments on behalf of all our members for similar reforms in states where outdated Boxing Day trading laws continue to exist.”
This sentiment was shared by ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman, who noted the move was great news for NSW retailers as Boxing Day is one of the busiest trading days of the year.
“Consumers want to shop on Boxing Day, and retailers want to trade,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.
“Giving NSW retailers an opportunity to trade on this public holiday not only gives retailers a chance to increase their sales, it also allows physical stores to compete with online and interstate retailers.
“Allowing Boxing Day trade in all areas of NSW gives retailers the opportunity to roster volunteer staff on one of the biggest trading days of the year.
“Public-holiday rates are a great way for employees to earn money, and increasing trading hours for NSW retailers significantly reduces underemployment.”