WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has joined members of retail union Usdaw in calling for an end to abuse in the workplace.
As part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff, Usdaw is highlighting problems during Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs until November 20.
I was personally shocked to hear about the abuse that shopworkers can receive on what can be a daily basis
Mrs Cooper said: “Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse whilst serving the public. It is really important we stand together and ask people to keep their cool and respect shopworkers, especially as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period.
“I was personally shocked to hear about the abuse that shopworkers can receive on what can be a daily basis. No one should have to go to work expecting abuse.
“I will continue to campaign with Usdaw to provide shopworkers the support they need and deserve. We must give a clear message that abusing or assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable.”
John Hannett, Usdaw general secretary said: “Over 300 shopworkers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough. Parliament has placed the legal obligation on shopworkers to enforce the law in relation to age restricted sales and Parliament must also ensure that the law also protects shopworkers who are doing their job.”