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Populists in Italy Want to Close Stores on Sundays

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Since forming an uncomfortable coalition government a year ago, Italy’s conservative League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement have found themselves at odds on everything from infrastructure and immigration to regulations on prostitution. There’s one thing, though, they agree on: shuttering stores on Sundays.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-02/italy-populists-seek-no-shopping-sundays-to-boost-family-values?utm_content=business&utm_medium=social&cmpid=socialflow-facebook-business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2m8LU_paDnJX4wqWB4V2E3Ny_IpvDjRkqtlNFH4Fl9iIPj1xwScqOmTzs
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The main reason for closing stores on Sundays is to give workers a time for their families. Which is actually a good idea that you can have a family day.
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What are your thoughts about closing stores on Sundays in Italy?
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This is not exclusive of Italy and other EU countries and regions like my own have these laws already in place, left- or right-wing. Generally, it is to do with protecting workers' rights and helping to ensure a work-life balance (the main reasons for the government to care about that are also economic, don't worry).
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It is (mainly) to protect small business owners because they generally run the business themselves, maybe with some family members or an employee or two, and can't compete with large franchises who can employ many workers to cover all shifts, Monday through Sunday, public holidays and pay a surplus for those special hours. So it is very much for business reasons and not for religion or anything of the sort that these policies exist.
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It is (mainly) to protect small business owners because they generally run the business themselves, maybe with some family members or an employee or two, and can't compete with large franchises who can employ many workers to cover all shifts, Monday through Sunday, public holidays and pay a surplus for those special hours. So it is very much for business reasons and not for religion or anything of the sort that these policies exist.
The matter here is proposed not as a protection for small businesses but as defense of tradition.
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I guess when Religion rules your country.
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Terrible evolution: it would be better to make it easier and cheaper to hire and fire, so that small business owners could give more people jobs to work during weekends, late hours, etc... and have some free time themselves, then to pretend to protect small businesses by restricting them when they can operate. It doesn’t matter for workers anyway since there are laws on maximum work hours, overtime,...Some workers may prefer to have weekend on Monday and Tuesdays like in F&B.
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Terrible evolution: it would be better to make it easier and cheaper to hire and fire, so that small business owners could give more people jobs to work during weekends, late hours, etc... and have some free time themselves, then to pretend to protect small businesses by restricting them when they can operate. It doesn’t matter for workers anyway since there are laws on maximum work hours, overtime,...Some workers may prefer to have weekend on Monday and Tuesdays like in F&B.
Italians work to live ... not live to work ... it ain't America. Italiani lavorano a vita ... non vivano a lavoro.
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Italians work to live ... not live to work ... it ain't America. Italiani lavorano a vita ... non vivano a lavoro.
Aah bravo! I love this Italian attitude! winking face
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If it should be closed, close it on the Sabbath, not Sunday.
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Funny how something that is totally normal in Germany is considered populist in Italy.
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Funny how something that is totally normal in Germany is considered populist in Italy.
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