Kiosk and Convenience store owners union SYKADE have called on supermarkets to stop selling tobacco products and newspapers on Sundays in accordance with a deal signed following the implementation of new shop opening hours.
“It is to our dismay that we have noticed that following the renewal of the decree on new shop opening hours on December 31, supermarkets have breached the agreement that was signed which meant only kiosk could sell tobacco products and newspapers and magazines,” Association chief Andreas Theodoulou said.
He added that the agreement had not been legally implemented but it was taken as a measure to protect kiosks and convenience stores which has been negatively affected by the decree on opening hours.
Theodoulou thanked Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou for showing sensitivity in the matter but said supermarkets appeared to have forgotten the deal they signed with SYKADE.
“We condemn supermarkets purely profit oriented actions and we call on measures to be taken so that on Sundays they will not be able to sell tobacco products or newspapers and magazines as was agreed until a law can be put in place,” Theodoulou said.