Claudia Baxter

Chains and supermarkets get green light for Xmas trade

REGIONAL Queensland shoppers can join their south-eastern counterparts at the cash register on the Monday after Christmas, thanks to a last-minute ruling.

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has allowed retail chains and the large supermarkets to join smaller shops to open on Monday, December 28, if they choose.

This means regional businesses do not have to shut their doors for four days in a row over Christmas.

Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the decision followed a National Retailers Association submission to allow trading on both the Sunday and the Monday.

"Boxing Day this year falls on a Saturday, so there is an extra public holiday on the Monday," she said.

"Under normal circumstances, regional supermarkets and major traders cannot open on Sundays or public holidays.

"As the NRA did not want its members to be excluded from trading in regional Queensland for four days straight, it applied to the QIRC for an exemption to these restrictions.

"The commission, which acts independently of the government, denied the request for Sunday trading but approved trading on the Monday.

"This is a win for regional businesses because it means they don't have to shut their doors for four days straight.

"It's also a win for local communities whose residents will be able to enjoy better access to retail shops over the Christmas period."

Smaller retailers and shops can trade across Queensland 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including all public holidays.

This includes businesses such as chemists, newsagents, bakeries, take-away food shops, restaurants, fish shops, fruit and vegetable shops, service stations and hairdressers.

More information is available from http://www.business.qld.gov.au.

- APN NEWSDESK



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