Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting Respect for Shopworkers Week (16th – 22nd November).
A recent report by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) showed that over the past year, there have been an estimated 50,338 incidents of violence and threats towards convenience store workers across the UK. The sector is seeing increasingly violent crime with 18,399 robberies and almost 10,000 incidents involving a weapon. In addition, 87% of workers experienced verbal abuse, 60% experienced threats of violence and 28% experienced physical violence in the last year, just for doing their job.
Alan said “Despite being recognised as key workers, retailers saw a 40% increase in violence and abuse during the Coronavirus pandemic. These incidents can be incredibly traumatic for individuals, causing not only physical injury but significant emotional impacts and leaving members of staff afraid to return to work.
“I join with ACS, Usdaw and many others in supporting this campaign to ensure that shopworkers are given the same protections as other key workers and send a clear message to offenders that violence will not be tolerated.”
You can sign Usdaw’s petition here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/328621