Last week was Respect for Shopworkers Week and Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart joined members of the shopworkers union in Holyrood to show their support for the job retail staff do and give their backing the union’s Freedom from Fear Campaign.
During Respect for Shopworkers Week, which ran from 5th – 9th November, Usdaw activists reminded customers that they should ‘Keep Your Cool at Christmas’; a time when incidents of violence and abuse against shopworkers tends to increase.
Anne McTaggart MSP said: “Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign is helping to raise awareness of a worryingly common problem. I was disappointed to hear that every minute of every day, a shopworker is assaulted, threatened or abused.
Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign has been running for more than 10 years and working in partnership with employers, Government, police and other agencies has made a real difference in helping combat incidents against retail staff.
The Retail Trust charity has published research which shows that 60% of those working in retail had reported being treated aggressively, and of those affected, 56% had been the target of aggressive behaviour on more than three occasions in one year – I find this unacceptable. I’m delighted to offer my support to this campaign and will be doing all I can to raise awareness of the problem throughout Glasgow.”
Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett said, “Respect for Shopworkers Week is a great opportunity for retail staff to highlight to both colleagues and customers that abuse, threats and violence against people trying to do their job is totally unacceptable and should never be tolerated.
We are delighted to have the helps and support of Anne McTaggart MSP.”