Save Our Sundays?

The "Save our Sundays" bandwagon, thinks that Nova Scotians should be forced to stay home and enjoy a quieter kind of life one day a week. I, for one, don't think it is appropriate that the government or ministers mandate days of rest for the entire pro

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Published August 30, 2007.Save Our Sundays?

The "Save our Sundays" bandwagon, thinks that Nova Scotians should be forced to stay home and enjoy a quieter kind of life one day a week. I, for one, don't think it is appropriate that the government or ministers mandate days of rest for the entire province. The Supreme Court of this province agreed that the language of the "Lord's Day Act" was discriminatory, hence it has been repealed. It is my position that each individual business should have the right to set it's own hours, and that workers who do not agree with either the working hours they are asked to commit to, or the fact that their place of employment is open on Sundays have several options available to them. They can quit their job and find a job that better suits their needs or wants. They can ask their manager for different hours if they don't want to work on Sundays... This right is still protected under the labor laws of this province. If their employer attempts to subvert this right of the employee, the employee can notify the government who will force the employees reinstatement and will force the business to pay the employee back pay. It is essentially a non-issue, but I feel like if I don't speak up, this province will assume everyone thinks the same way and will move the province back into the days where everyone in the province is legislated into recognizing a Christian tradition once a week. That is not fair to non Christians. That is not fair to people who want to work on Sundays. Yes they exist. That is not fair to business, who are only opening on Sundays because there is a demand from the consumers in this province. That is not fair to consumers who want to enjoy the convenience that Sunday and Holiday shopping affords. I'm a realist, but also I totally understand that families need time to spend with each other. I totally support that right, and that right has not been infringed in any way. It's just that it's not necessarily going to be a Sunday. And if for some reason you absolutely need Sundays to yourself and your family, that right still exists, but only for retail workers. My girlfriend works for a salon that closes every Monday. That is the salon owners CHOICE to do that, and that is exactly my point. Business owners NEED the freedom and latitude that comes from setting their own hours. They know their own needs much better than government is ever going to, or should have to. Perhaps it is everyone else who should be complaining about the rights afforded to retail workers, but not to air pilots, police, firemen/women, doctors, call center employees, linemen, and everyone else who really DO NOT have a choice but to work on Sundays. Support Holiday and Sunday shopping in this province!

TOTSHB - Tired of the Sunday/Holiday Bitching

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