Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, backed the ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign, led by shopworkers’ union USDAW, calling for an end to abuse in the workplace.
Toby joined staff, shop stewards and Usdaw organisers at the Tesco superstore on Lockoford Lane in Chesterfield to raise awareness about the unacceptable abuse and violence that is often directed at shopworkers.
Toby said, “I am proud to support Usdaw’s ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign and will do all I can to help protect our retail workers from threats, violence and abuse in the workplace. Retail staff are an
important part of our communities and our economy, they should be valued and respected.”
A recent survey of retail staff by Usdaw showed that in the last year alone one in ten shopworkers have been physically assaulted, a quarter have been threatened and 44% verbally abused.
Toby added, “Coming up to the Christmas period, shopworkers will be doing longer hours in hectic environments and probably missing a lot of time with their families. I would urge shoppers to keep cool heads, treat all staff with respect and remember that they are simply there to do their jobs”.