Labour MSP Margaret McDougall backs Usdaw’s Respect for Shopworkers Week
5-9 November was the Respect for Shopworkers Week and West Region MSP Margaret McDougall 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 runs until 9 November, Usdaw activists will be reminding customers to ‘Keep Your Cool at Christmas’, a time when incidents of violence and abuse against shopworkers tends to increase.
Margaret McDougal MSP, said:
“Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign is helping to raise awareness of an all too common problem, I was shocked to hear that every minute of every day another 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. That’s why I was pleased to be able to support this important campaign and will be doing all I can to raise awareness of the problem throughout North Ayrshire and the Region.“
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 help and support of Margaret McDougal MSP”