Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart joined Usdaw reps at a campaign event in the Scottish Parliament during this year’s Respect for Shopworkers Week. A campaign week the shopworkers union urged shoppers to remember ‘Think 25’ and to ‘Keep their cool at Christmas’.
Usdaw is giving advice on how to avoid stress in the run up to the busy Christmas and New Year period and reminding shoppers that the ‘Think 25’ policy requires proof of age ID from any customer who looks under 25 before they can buy age-restricted product.
A recent survey reveals that in the last 12 months, 6% of shopworkers had been subjected to violent attack, 37% had been threatened and a massive 70% had suffered verbal abuse. Nearly half of all incidents of abuse resulted from requests for proof of age or refusing a sale of an age-restricted product.
Anne McTaggart MSP said,
“Last year the Scottish Government passed a law requiring shopworkers to age identify anyone who looks under 25. Whilst I agree with that law, we have to provide shopworkers with the support they need to enforce it.
“I want the Government to look again at what additional protections can be afforded to shopworkers, who are far too often the victims of violence, threats and abuse. I remain bitterly disappointed that the SNP opposed the fundamental principles of the Protection of Workers Scotland Bill, promoted by my colleague Hugh Henry MSP, which would have created an additional penalty for those found guilty of assaulting workers.
“Finally I hope that everyone in Glasgow gets their Christmas shopping done with the minimum of stress and I would ask that if they are fortunate enough to look under 25, that they will take it as a complement, not an inconvenience, when they are asked for ID.”