November 5, 2012

Usdaw Uses Respect for Shopworkers Week to Raise Profile of Protection of Workers Bill

Respect for Shopworkers Week starts today (5th November) and retail Union Usdaw is using the event to encourage MPs to show their support and back a new Bill that will give shopworkers legal protection against violence and abuse.

The Protection of Workers Bill, introduced into Parliament this week, is scheduled to get a second reading on 1 February next year. The Bill aims to reduce incidents of violence, threats and abuse against all workers whose job brings them into face-to-face contact with members of the public. The Bill will create a new offence relating to assaults on public facing workers, one that will carry a maximum sentence of 12 months and a £10,000 fine.

Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett said:

"Despite our Freedom From Fear campaign helping to raise awareness of the problem and reducing the number of incidents, it's a sad fact that every minute of every day a shopworker somewhere is assaulted, threatened or abused. That's why our members now think it's time to give shopworkers extra legal protection.