Shop workers 'must not suffer abuse' MSP Bibby's plea as he joins retail union's campaign.
Byline: Kenneth Speirs
A politician has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace.
As part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, Usdaw organises Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs until November 18. During the week, Usdaw members highlight the abuse, threats and violence that they have to endure as part of their jobs and ask the public for their support during the busy Christmas period.
Interim results of Usdaw's Freedom From Fear Survey show that during 2018 six in 10 shopworkers experienced verbal abuse, 37 per cent were threatened by a customer, with over 230 assaulted every day. The number of incidents are in line with last year and remain higher than two years ago. The survey continues and full results will be released in the new year.
Neil Bibby, MSP for West Scotland, said: "The violence, threats and abuse that retail workers face whilst serving the public is unacceptable.
"It is really important that all of us support this campaign and I ask that people consider the hard work that Usdaw members do. "We all need to keep our cool and respect shopworkers, especially as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period.
"I was personally saddened to hear about the level and nature of the abuse that shopworkers can receive on all too regular a basis.
"No one should have to put up with this whilst simply doing their jobs.
"I am proud to campaign with Usdaw to provide shopworkers the protection they need and deserve.
"We must give a clear message that abusing or assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable."
Paddy Lillis - Usdaw General Secretary said: "We are grateful to Neil for supporting our campaign to keep our members safe."
We all need to keep our cool and respect shopworkers Neil Bibby
Support Neil Bibby MSP joins Usdaw members and staff at Morrisons in Johnstone