This week is Respect for Shopworkers Week which, at the start of the very busy Christmas shopping period, aims to remind customers that retail staff are real people who do not deserve to be abused, threatened or assaulted.

Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw organises the annual respect week, this year’s is 14 – 20 November, when Usdaw reps and members will be campaigning as part of the union’s Freedom from Fear Campaign. Whilst talking to shoppers about the issues, they will be surveying retail staff about incidents of verbal abuse, threats and violent attacks at work.

John Spellar MP said: “I pledge my wholehearted support to this vital campaign by Usdaw to protect shopworkers from violence, threats and abuse. It showcases the very best of what trade unions do for working people.”

John Hannett -; Usdaw General Secretary said: “Every minute of every day another shopworker is threatened, assaulted or verbally abused. No one should have to put up with violence or abuse at work.

“Respect for Shopworkers Week is an opportunity for our members to talk to the public about abuse at work and to ask customers to keep their cool and show respect for shopworkers.

“The week also highlights the important work Usdaw does negotiating with employers for safety and security improvements in stores, and lobbying the governments across the United Kingdom to tackle retail crime and anti-social behaviour in shopping areas and provide improved legal protection for public facing workers who are assaulted during the course of their jobs.”

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