Macintosh backs shop workers campaign

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A CAMPAIGN against violence inflicted on retail staff has been given backing by Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh.

The Labour man last week lent his support to Respect for Shopworkers Week – a Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) campaign launched in a bid to support retail staff in the run-up to Christmas.

Speaking at the launch held at the Scottish parliament, Ken said: “No one should have to put up with being abused or assaulted in their workplace, whether that is working behind a counter or elsewhere.

“It is shocking to think that every minute of every day, a shop worker is threatened or physically attacked, and in Eastwood, I would like to think we could help counter that by showing a little more respect to everyone serving in our shops and stores.

“USDAW have done a great job in raising the profile of this issue through the Freedom from Fear campaign and I am pleased to add my support to their cause”.

Retail Trust – a charity which supports those employed in the industry – recently published research which showed 60 per cent of workers had been treated aggressively, and of those affected, 56 per cent had been the target of aggressive behaviour on more than three occasions in one year.

To find out more, visit www.usdaw.org.uk.