The Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches has added its voice to the growing opposition against moves by the main private sector organisation for Sunday to be declared a normal working day.
The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) has been pushing the initiative, but trade unions, the Roman Catholic Church and other groups have criticised the move. But the DAIC says it will intensify that campaign in the New Year.
DAEC president Bill Daniel said his organisation recognised that in any society there were workers within establishments which, by the nature of the services they provide, must work on Sundays. However, he noted that Sunday "is recognised by most Dominicans as their day of worship, which is a biblical requirement.
"Families and especially single parents are under tremendous challenges seeking to balance work, home and personal life. In their attempt to maintain this balance, the lack of time spent with family is minimal and as a result children and young people remain unsupervised which leads to a new set of challenges.
"Sunday is the day chosen and set aside by most Dominicans for worship and praise to God and should not be interfered with," he said, adding, "rest and worship is ordained by God and all concerned are advised to be guided accordingly".
Daniel said the proposal to make Sunday a normal working day would undermine the family structure, the church and the society at large.
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