Respect for Shopworkers Week: Backing USDAW’s campaign

Over the last few weeks I’ve received a number of letters regarding protection for public-facing workers employed in our shops, petrol station and restaurants. And next week is Respect for Shopworkers Week. An opportunity for us to show our appreciation for the work done by thousands of shopworkers across Morley and Outwood.

Nationally there were 30,000 reported attacks against shop staff last year – including dozens in my Morley and Outwood constituency. USDAW’s annual Freedom From Fear survey suggests that a third of shop workers were threatened with violence last year and that 4% of retail staff suffered violent assaults.

There are an unacceptable number of assaults that take place against public-facing workers in our shops, petrol stations and restaurants.

I recently met with John Hannett, General Secretary of USDAW union and heard about their ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign. While these hard-working staff are not public servants, they do serve the public. The Government needs to do more to ensure that all workers are entitled to dignity and security at work.

To add your support to the campaign email me

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Posted November 8th, 2013 by admin