Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South has today shown her support for Usdaw’s “Respect for Shopworkers” week in a visit to Tesco on Alfreton Road, in the city.
Respect for Shopworkers Week was first held in 2002 and is a key part of Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign designed to tackle the high levels of abuse, threats and violence faced by the country’s shopworkers.
This week Usdaw members are holding campaign stalls at shopping centres, supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the country to make shoppers aware of the difficulties shopworkers often face when serving customers.
Lilian Greenwood said:
“I was very pleased to meet with staff and Usdaw officials at Tesco today as part of this important campaign.”
“Shopworkers across our city do a difficult and demanding job - which I know can be even more challenging in the run up to Christmas.”
“Everyone deserves to go to work and be treated with respect, without the threat of intimidation or violence.”
“Usdaw have done a great job hi-lighting the work their members do and the difficulties they can face at work, and I’m delighted to support their cause.”
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:
“Our Freedom from Fear campaign, working in partnership with organisations such as the Association of Convenience Stores, retailers, police and government has made a real difference in improving the lives of many shopworkers but there is still much to do.”
“Last year, over a million shopworkers were verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked while doing their jobs, a truly shocking and unacceptable figure.”
ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said:
“Violence against shopworkers is unacceptable and the Usdaw Freedom from Fear campaign is an excellent way to raise awareness of this problem.”
Last month the Association of Convenience Stores partnered with Crimestoppers to launch a £50,000 reward fund to help catch those who commit serious offences against local shops. The fund was announced at the ACS Crime Prevention forum by Home Office Minister James Brokenshire.