Some 92% of retail staff in England have opposed large shops opening for more than six hours on a Sunday, as the government considers deregulating Sunday trading.\r\n\r\nAccording to a survey by shopworkers trade union Usdaw, 66% of the 11,000 retail staff said they feel they are pressured to work on Sundays, with 51% wanting fewer hours on Sundays and only 3% wanting more.\r\n\r\nThe news comes as the government is considering trading laws limiting supermarket Sunday opening times to six hours, in an attempt to boost the economy.\r\n\r\nHowever, the union condemned plans to let supermarkets open for 24 hours a day on Sundays as \u201ca slap in the face\u201d for key workers as its members were already under \u201chuge pressures\u201d due to the Covid-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\nPaddy Lillis, Usdaw general secretary said reports that the government is \u201cyet again\u201d looking at deregulating Sunday trading were met with \u201cdismay and disbelief\u201d by its members who are on the frontline of delivering essential services during the coronavirus crisis.\r\n\r\nHe said: \u201cThe government claims it will help the country out of recession, but that is wrong, misguided and a slap in the face for key workers.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cShops can already open for 150 hours a week, adding a few more hours will not make a difference, but could be very damaging to shopworkers lives, our communities and the retail sector.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cThis move to deregulate Sunday trading hours appears an opportunistic use of the coronavirus crisis. I would hope that the government would instead spend its time exploring how we can ensure that these low paid key workers can get the level of pay and job security they deserve.\r\n\r\n\u201cLonger Sunday working would have a big impact on shopworkers, which is why over 90% of our members remain opposed. Usdaw\u2019s survey shows that nearly 80% already have to work on Sundays and two-thirds are under pressure to work on Sundays when they don\u2019t want to.\u201d\r\n\r\nLillis concluded: \u201cWe appreciate a desire to help the retail sector, but this attempt to undo a long-held and workable compromise on Sunday trading is misguided. Usdaw members do not want to see longer Sunday trading hours, especially when shopworkers are under huge pressure because of the crisis.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cShopworkers need a break on Sundays, not longer opening hours. We urge the government to reject extending trading hours and to focus on supporting the retail sector.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe news comes as Usdaw urged customers to respect staff and employers to ensure safety in stores, as shops reopened.\r\n\r\nThe news comes as Usdaw released statistics revealing one in six shop workers have suffered abuse on every shift, during the coronavirus pandemic.\r\n\r\nThe statistics revealed 62% of the 4,928 shopworkers surveyed have experienced verbal abuse, with almost a third being threatened by a customer. Usdaw also revealed 4% of employees were assaulted, which amounts to more than 3,500 every day when averaged across all retail workers.