Union claims retail workers ‘traumatised’ by repetitive Christmas songs


The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers has asked that retailers choose a more varied selection of music and to start playing Christmas songs a bit later.

It claimed that constant repetition of Christmas songs in shops is damaging the mental health of some workers.

It also said some workers have become traumatised by jingle bells and mistletoe and wine.

Linda Blair who is a clinical psychologist said: “Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it’s played too loudly and too early.

“It might make us feel that we’re trapped – it’s a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, organise celebrations.

“Some people will react to that by making impulse purchases, which the retailer likes. Others might just walk out of the shop. It’s a risk.”

However, Gary Grant who is the Managing Director of The Entertainer toy shop said it’s never too early

He said: “In the middle of October, it starts off as being one in four songs. Now it’s one out of two. In a couple of weeks’ time it’ll be all Christmas music.”

The reason is all about making people spend more money and earlier: “We basically spend 10 months preparing for two.

“Without these final eight weeks we wouldn’t make any money.”

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