Visiting Gildersome Co-op to show my support for Shopworkers

During the week I met staff and union representatives at the Co-operative food store in Gildersome to support Shopworkers who prevent under-age sales of alcohol, and support strong action against customers who become abusive.

I am proud to back the ‘Respect for Shopworkers’ campaign by Usdaw to clamp down on abusive customers. Last year across the country over a million shopworkers were assaulted, threatened or abused with nearly half as a result of refusing to sell age-restricted products.

At the start of ‘Respect for Shopworkers’ week, Usdaw released the findings of their annual survey, showing that 6% of shopworkers had been subject to violent attack, 37% were threatened with harm and a shocking 70% had suffered verbal abuse over the past year.

Almost half of these incidents result from shopworkers asking customers for proof of age ID or refusing the sale of an age-restricted product such as alcohol.

Abusive behaviour towards shopworkers should not be tolerated in any circumstances, but to hear that members of staff face verbal abuse while trying to prevent under-age alcohol sales is simply not fair.

Staff that I met at Gildersome Co-op know how difficult it can be to tell if someone is old enough to buy an age-restricted product such as alcohol or tobacco. Shopworkers asking for ID are only doing their job. That’s why the Co-op and the local policing team are working closely together to clamp down on this sort of abuse.

For more information you can log on to and to contact your local neighbourhood policing team, you can contact Joanne Morgan at or on 0113 238 2035.

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Posted November 15th, 2010 by Ed's team