Original article from Kent Live
Morrisons has told its 111,000 strong workforce that they can have Boxing Day off this year as a thank you for their hard working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will be the first time that Britain's fourth-largest supermarket chain has not opened its shops on December 26.
Other supermarkets such as Asda, Aldi, Lidl and Marks and Spencer gave their staff the same opportunity on Boxing Day last year as a way of signifying their gratitude.
Joanne McGuiness, national officer at shop workers' union Usdaw, said that the last year and half had been an exceptional challenge for staff.
"The pandemic meant shop workers stepped up and kept essential services running," she said.
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"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."
This announcement comes just weeks before Morrisons is set to be taken over and made a privately owned business.
Private equity houses Fortress and Clayton, Dubliner & Rice (CD&R) are both making bids.
Other supermarkets were asked by Kent Live if they would be offering a similar opportunity to their workers this Boxing Day, as some did last year.
Here are their responses.
The second largest supermarket in the UK said that they had not yet released their plans for Christmas yet.
A spokesman said: "It is August, we would normally make these decisions much closer to the time.
"When the decision is made we'll let our colleagues know."
Waitrose, which is owned by John Lewis, will be following their usual practice of shutting on the day after Christmas.
A spokesperson said: "As we have done for many years, nearly all of our shops are closed on Boxing Day – with a few exceptions, which are our third party partnerships.
"Most of our shops will be closed on Boxing Day, with the exception of our Welcome Break motorway service stations and Shell forecourts. This is in line with what we've done in previous years."
Aldi simply said that it will continue to close its stores on Boxing Day as it has done for many years.
Tesco has not responded to the request.
Sainsbury's had not responded to the request
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer had not responded to the request.