Scottish shopworkers abused, threatened or assaulted on average over 17 times a year
Written by centralfmnews on October 11, 2019
The average shopworker in Scotland is abused, threatened or assaulted more than once every three weeks.
That’s according to figures from trade union Usdaw.
Their research found more than 60% have experienced verbal abuse this year – with a third threatened by a customer.
Labour MSP Daniel Johnson’s lodged a bill in the Scottish Parliament, which is designed to protect retail staff:
“I am delighted to see my bill officially introduced at the Scottish Parliament today after a meaningful consultation and drafting process. Abuse and threatening behaviour should not be part of the job, and with the busy Christmas shopping season fast approaching it is now more important than ever that this is recognised.”
“I believe this bill will secure the rights of all those workers who feel threatened at their place of work and will make it clear that such behaviour will not and should not be tolerated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Usdaw and all those other trade unions and organisations that have worked with me and look forward to speaking with parliamentary colleagues as the bill makes its way through the necessary parliamentary stages.”