SUNDAY will not be treated like any other, declared prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault as the debate over Sunday trading continued.
The comments by Jean-Marc Ayrault come upon the release of a report by former La Poste boss Jean-Paul Bailly, with the prime minister saying there was too much confusion within the current legal framework.
It is this confusion that has enabled some larger stores to squeeze past the existing rules, whilst others of a similar size have had to remain closed.
And there is also much debate between staff, who want to work on Sundays during these difficult economic times, and unions representing them who want to ensure their members are not taken advantage of.
Jean-Marc Ayrault said the government would legislate to clear up anomalies in the patchwork of local and national rules governing Sunday trading.
But he said the principle of Sunday being a day of rest would be maintained and rules requiring workers to be paid at higher rates for Sunday shifts would be tightened up.
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