The CSU wants to relax – with the rules for Sunday shopping. The SPD sees a “gateway” for worse. And a bitter blow for heroines of the Corona crisis.
Munich – More than a week ago, the CSU presented its own election program. But only now is one of the demands listed in it causing harsh criticism – from trade unions, representatives of the church spectrum and parts of the opposition. Even high-ranking CSU politicians are skeptical.
It’s about relaxing the rules for Sunday shopping. Not in Bavaria, for example, but in all of Germany – after all, it’s about the program for the federal election. “In general, we want to enable four shopping Sundays per year. In the future, you should no longer be dependent on markets, trade fairs and events, ”says the CSU program. What may seem harmless worries the SPD in the Bavarian state parliament, among others, because of possible long-term consequences.
It is a “softening” and a “gateway” for further cuts on Sunday as a general day of rest, warned labor policy expert Diana Stachowitz in an interview on Tuesday Merkur.de. Bavaria’s Minister of Labor, Carolina Trautner, had previously referred to the concerns of employees with families. She explained “the previous jurisprudence” to the “Sonntagsblatt” as authoritative – rather a positioning against the election demand.
CSU before the federal election: demand for Sunday shopping in conflict with the Basic Law?
The background: The plans to no longer couple the shopping Sundays to festivals or special occasions is a step that “courts have repeatedly rejected in other federal states,” as Stachowitz also explained. You see the CSU demand in conflict with the Basic Law, confirmed the SPD politician on request.
“An erosion of the Sunday protection means a delimitation of working hours and affects women with children in particular,” she emphasized. At the same time, according to current knowledge, the measure will hardly help the economy. “Studies show that this means that no more is spent,” said Stachowitz. The role of online purchases will also no longer dwindle – neither in this way nor in any other way.
CSU appeased in the Sunday question: “Just a small adjustment” – for the benefit of the economy?
A CSU spokesman appeased at the request of Merkur.de. “The decoupling of four shopping Sundays per year from markets, trade fairs and events does not mean the end of the Sunday rest. It is just a small adjustment to the previous regulation, ”he emphasized. “The four days would mean a clear strengthening of the inner cities and local trade, especially in the tourist regions.”
The CSU also emphasized that it was “firmly on the side of the churches” in the Sunday protection. It is “about future prospects and jobs in industries that have suffered particularly from the corona pandemic. We want to give you a hand in a very difficult phase. “
Corona heroines as the first victims of CSU demand: “It cannot be that we take away their Sunday”
SPD politician Stachowitz, in addition to economic arguments for the demand, also rejected the reference to help for groups hit by Corona. “Sales women who have mastered the challenges of the pandemic with flying colors” would be severely affected, she emphasized. “It cannot be that we are now taking their Sunday too.” In fact, if the Sunday protection was weakened, women in retail would in future also need childcare offers on this day, she warned.
Stachowitz, who is also the spokeswoman for “Church and Politics” of the state parliament SPD, is not even decisive in their rejection. “It’s about social structures, about a rhythm of life in society,” she explained. Traditionally it is Sunday on which community can arise.
Previously, the DGB Bayern had expressed horrified. “The CSU is thus openly committed to violating the Basic Law, which clearly regulates Sunday rest. This is all the more astonishing since the Bavarian state government has assured us of the exact opposite in numerous discussions, ”said the acting union leader Verena Di Pasquale.
The Catholic workers’ movement in Bavaria also issued an urgent warning on Tuesday. “Time and again, case law has pointed out that the event on which the event is based must be the ‘crowd puller’ – but not the open shops. The CSU would like to break this link according to its election program for the federal election in 2021 ”, declared the association. There is a threat of “an increase in the number of Sunday openings, because not only all municipalities can take advantage of the opportunities, but also because there will no longer be any spatial restrictions on shop opening,” warned their state chairman, Peter Ziegler. (fn)
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