Pemo Director: We’ve Heard the Wishes of Employees, Stores Will be Closed on Sundays

Lauren Simmonds

Whatever you do, don’t run out of milk on a Sunday!

As DuList reports on the 6th of September, 2017, Dubrovnik’s Pemo shopping chain has decided to close a good part of its stores out of the tourist season on Sundays, more specifically from the 15th of September right up until the 1st of May, at the wish of its employees.

”This step is related to socially responsible business, which in itself represents the concept of an enterprise voluntarily bringing additional value, independent of legal regulations, so that they implement benefits both for the community and for their employees within the business. In conversations with [our employees], we tried to see what they thought would be better for them in regard to improving their working conditions, their quality of life and the standards themselves. An internal questionnaire received a response from 87% of Pemo employees, with questions mainly related to what they thought about working during the off-season, whether or not Sunday should be a non-working day, as well as some of suggestions for improving their status within the company. Their suggestion was to close on Sundays, from the 1st of September to the 1st of May. We acknowledge their wish” stated Nikola Butigan, Pemo’s Director.

Pemo employee Biljana Bender said that having Sunday off is very welcome.

”You don’t see the kids all week with all the other duties. I’ll see them in the evening for a couple of minutes, so that Sunday off would be a family day, a day to go for a meal, eat together, take a walk…”

Angelina Tadic, a journalist and Pemo customer, turned the angle to the importance of Sunday as the day of rest.

”We live in a culture that is based on Christianity. In these areas, Christianity has been around for 2000 years and somewhere in the consciousness of people, it has become natural that Sunday is a special day, different from the others. For Christians, Sunday is the day of the Lord, every Sunday is a reminder of Christ’s resurrection, and it is also a day of rest, a day of good deeds, a day reserved for our family and loved ones,” Tadić stated, adding that the notion of ”Sunday culture” should be preserved.

”I congratulate Pemo’s management and employees, and I am really glad that Sunday can now be dedicated to being a family day” concluded Tadić, calling on all Pemo’s customers not to interpret this as some sort of limitation, but to rejoice with Pemo’s management and employees, and to purchase the things they need from the store on any of the other six days in the week.


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