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Keep Your Cool – Respect Shopworkers is
our key message to shoppers during Respect for Shopworkers Week 13-19 Nov 2017. As we head in to the festive
season, a period when incidents of verbal abuse can increase dramatically. In
the run up to Christmas, customers are stressed, stores are really busy and
sometimes things can boil over.
Usdaw’s survey of retail workers shows that half of shopworkers were verbally abused in the last year, with 29% being threatened with violence and 8% suffering physical assaults. A third of those suffering physical violence did not report the incident to their employer.
Usdaw reps and activists hold events during the week to
raise awareness with the shopping public that any abuse against workers is unacceptable
behaviour, and encourage workers to speak out and not accept abuse as just a
part of the job.
The week also highlights the important work Usdaw does negotiating with employers for safety and security improvements in stores, and lobbying the 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.
No one should have to put up with violence or abuse at work.
Please join our thunderclap to help prevent attacks on shopworkers and pledge to support the campaign at: www.usdaw.org.uk/pledge
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Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 20% in the decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
For more information please visit: www.usdaw.org.uk, follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion