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To: UK Government
Protect retail workers from violence and abuse
We are calling on the government to create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.
Why is this important?
Retail workers have been heroes of the pandemic, ensuring the nation can remain fed.
However, despite this essential role, throughout the Coronavirus crisis, retail workers have been spat at, threatened with infection of Coronavirus and physically assaulted. Last year, 90% of retail workers were abused simply as a result of going to work.
Following Usdaw’s campaign in Scotland, the Scottish parliament passed the Protection of Workers Act earlier this year. So from 24 August 2021, Scottish retail workers have specific protection from abuse, threats and violence.
Usdaw wants all retail workers right across the UK to benefit from the same legal protection as their colleagues in Scotland.
Please sign our petition to show your support