Morrisons will shut all stores on Boxing Day to give 111,000 staff the day off as thanks for working pandemic – joining M&S, Asda, Aldi and Lidl among others
- It will be the first time the grocer shuts stores on December 26 in living memory
- Several rivals gave staff the day off last year to spend time with their families
- Shelves were stripped bare and workers battled to keep nation fed during Covid
Morrisons will shut all its stores on Boxing Day this year to give 111,000 staff the day off as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic.
The supermarket giant follows other major chains such as M&S, Asda, Aldi and Lidl to make the gesture following a gruelling 18 months for staff.
It will be the first time the grocer has shut stores on December 26 in living memory.
Morrisons will shut all its stores on Boxing Day this year to give 111,000 staff the day off as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic
Last year, several rivals agreed to give staff the day off to spend time with families and loved ones after one of the hardest years in retail, with shelves stripped bare and workers battling to keep the nation fed during the pandemic.
Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s were open on Boxing Day, although some offered staff incentives to work.
Joanne McGuiness, national officer at shop workers’ union Usdaw, said: ‘The last year-and-a-half has been unlike any other.
‘The pandemic meant shop workers stepped up and kept essential services running. We welcome Morrisons doing the right thing by their staff with the closure of supermarkets on Boxing Day.
‘Key workers have done so much this year and we are asking retailers to give their staff the longest possible break over the festive season to provide them with a well-deserved breather. We don’t think this is too much to ask for.’
The move by Morrisons comes just weeks before the conclusion of a takeover battle that will see the supermarket become a privately owned business, with private equity houses Fortress and Clayton, Dubliner & Rice (CD&R) both making bids.
There have been concerns that staff welfare could drop under new ownership, but both suitors have vowed to maintain standards for employees.
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