Bolton North East MP David Crausby is calling on Bolton residents to respect shopworkers over the busy Christmas period as part of ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’.
The campaign by the retail trade union Usdaw highlights the problem of abuse, threats and violence against shopworkers. Over 300 workers are assaulted every day and incidents have increased in the last 12 months.
David Crausby said:
“We were all shocked last year by the scenes of violence that took place on Black Friday, and I hope we can all agree that we don’t want to see anything like that happen again this year as the shops get busier.
“The sad reality is that for many shopworkers this isn’t just a bad day at work, they face abuse, threats and violence on a regular basis and this is unacceptable. Everyone should be able to go about their work free from the fear of abuse.”
John Hannett – Usdaw general Secretary said:
“We are grateful to David for supporting our campaign to keep our members safe at work.
“Often, in the course of their duties, shopworkers are expected to enforce the law, whether that is preventing under-age purchases of products like knives, tobacco or alcohol, or detaining shoplifters until the police arrive, they deserve respect and protection.”
David Crausby has signed Early Day Motion 599 in Parliament to mark Respect for Shopworkers Week.
Source- David Crausby MP