Auckland Council's vote to keep Easter trading laws a 'victory for retail workers and their families'

Auckland businesses still won't be able to trade on Easter Sunday next year after councilors voted this morning to keep a trading bylaw in place.

Councillors voted this morning to keep the trading bylaw the same. Source: 1 NEWS

The decision comes after the Auckland Council debated whether to scrap the controversial Easter Sunday bylaw.

"This is a victory for retail workers and their families," said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

"Unlike other New Zealanders, people who work in retail are often on the job on public holidays. That means they often miss out on time with their families, their friends and their communities."

It means certain businesses like dairies and petrol stations will continue to be closed on Easter Sunday.

However the city centre's business association says it shouldn't be the council's decision and believes retailers should decide whether they open or not on Easter Sunday.

The Government delegated decision-making on the issue to local councils last year.