Livingston MP, Graeme Morrice, has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shop workers.
As part of Usdaw’s ‘Freedom From Fear Campaign’, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff, Mr Morrice pledged to support a protection of workers bill.
The bill would introduce a specific offence of assaulting a worker serving the public, thereby extending existing protections already in place for emergency service workers.
Mr Morrice said:
“Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse and it is really important we stand together and ask people to respect shop workers.
“I will continue to campaign with Usdaw for a change in the law to ensure that proper punishments are given out.
“We must give a clear message that assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable.”
John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary said:
“We are grateful to Graeme Morrice for supporting our campaign to keep our members safe at work.
“Often, in the course of their duties, shop workers are expected to enforce the law. Parliament has given shop workers the duty to enforce the law, so Parliament should provide the necessary protection.
“I have been shocked by the leniency of some of the sentences for assault of workers. Over 300 shop workers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough. The Government must act to address this issue and act quickly.”