For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 16 Mar 2014.
Church leaders this week offered strong support to workers threatened with the erosion of restricted retail trading hours on public holidays.
While some see this as a case of “meddling priests,” the churches argue that all persons are created equal, without exception, in the image of God, and must therefore be treated with dignity and respect, including in the workplace; work done should be justly remunerated; workers have a right to adequate rest from their employment; and a healthy work-life balance delivers measurable benefits to workers, their families, their employers and the whole community.
The current restrictions on retail trading hours should be retained in NSW in order to support a healthy work-life balance. Church leaders believe that four and a half days out of 365 days in a year is not too great a burden for employers to carry in support of the common good.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.