Shopworkers’ trade union leader John Hannett is asking shoppers to ‘keep your cool and respect shopworkers’ the key theme of Respect for Shopworkers Week (13-19 November 2017). You can help spread the message to your friends and followers on social media by signing up to the Thunderclap: www.usdaw.org.uk/FFFThunderclap
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary says:
“As we head towards the festive season, a period when incidents of verbal abuse can increase dramatically, customers can be stressed, stores are really busy and sometimes things can boil over. No one should have to put up with violence or abuse at work.
“Usdaw reps and activists will hold events during respect week to raise awareness with the shopping public that any abuse is unacceptable and encourage workers to speak out and not accept abuse as just a part of the job. Respect week also highlights the important work Usdaw does negotiating with employers for safety and security improvements in stores.
“We are lobbying 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.”
Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East says:
“I am proud to support Usdaw Union and their Freedom From Fear campaign again this year.
“No one should have to experience threats or violence in the workplace, but unfortunately shopworkers are more likely to experience this in the run up to Christmas when people are stressed and busy with preparations.
“I would encourage everyone to spare a thought for retail workers this festive season.”