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Source: Die Linke “The demand to extend shop opening hours is a slap in the face for retail workers. Their working hours are already unfriendly to families. The employees have been working at high risk for months and were applauded as heroes just a few weeks ago, “commented Susanne Ferschl, deputy chairwoman of the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, on the initiative by Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier for more Sunday shopping in the coming year. Ferschl continues: “More shopping Sundays do not lead to more consumption, nor do the city centers become livelier. The economics minister is only concerned with extending and making working hours more flexible at the expense of the employees. This gives a foretaste of what further deregulation and flexibility projects the Minister of Economics is planning. A clear rejection must be given – the employees must not be the ones paying for this crisis. DIE LINKE stands for limiting and shortening working hours. The health of the employees must have priority alongside the compatibility of family and work. This is usually part of collective agreements. But it is precisely the employers in the retail sector that have been systematically evading tariffs for years. The Minister for Economic Affairs should be active here, because what the employees in the retail sector actually need are generally binding collective agreements. “


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