Shoppers will have an extra 35 hours to grab last minute gifts and stock up for the festive season this Christmas, with extended trading kicking in from December 7.
Retailers will be permitted to open from 7am on weekdays from December 16 until Christmas Eve, with the McGowan Government ignoring demands from the shoppies union to do away with early trading.
The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Union’s push for an 11am start on New Year’s Day was also unsuccessful, with stores allowed to open from 8am on January 1.
Weekday shopping hours have been extended to 9pm for the entire period from December 7 to 31, besides Boxing Day when retailers are restricted to 8am to 6pm.
All stores will remain closed on Christmas Day and normal shopping hours resume on January 2.
SDA state secretary Peter O’Keefe said he was “disappointed but not surprised” by the decision to retain early trading over Christmas.
“We continue to regard 7am starts as a waste of time with neither consumers nor retailers interested for the most part,” he said.
“All it does is create headaches for members in the few stores that do decide to open.”
He said workers should be able to sleep in on New Year’s Day and spend more time with their families rather than be asked to be at work at 8am.
Commerce Minister John Quigley said he hoped more shopping hours translated to more money in the tills of retailers.
“We encourage consumers to shop locally rather than buying from online stores that are based overseas,” he said.
“By doing this, they will be supporting local retailers who are employers of thousands of Western Australians and will help to protect the WA retail industry and support local jobs.”