JULY 6 2007 17:56h
The new law on non-working days, supermarkets and shopping centres in Poland prohibits work on 12 days in the year.
On Friday, Poland accepted a new law on non-working days for the retail sector which prohibits work of supermarkets and shopping centres 12 days in a year.
Polish parliamentarians accepted the according proposal with 275 votes for, and 103 against, whilst 25 abstained.
Unions in the retail sector, including the famous Solidarnosc, strongly lobbied for the acceptance of this law, to secure a respectable rest for their workers.
However, the lawmakers rejected the proposal of prohibiting work on Sundays, which would be welcomed by the Polish Catholic Church.The new law does not apply to small stores which are controlled and worked in by their owners, or petrol stations, chemists, education and cultural centres.