The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) has revealed the interim results of its Freedom From Fear Survey, and it shows that nearly two-thirds of shopworkers were verbally abused, 40% were threatened and around 250 were assaulted every day over the past year. These are significant increases on last year’s survey with abuse and assaults up by 25% and threats increased by 38%. The survey continues and full results will be released in the New Year.
Violence against staff is one of the key issues for the NBCC, and we would encourage businesses and police to support this campaign. The USDAW works with employers to achieve safety and security improvements in stores, and raise the issues of neighbourhood policing, retail crime and underage sales.
The Union also runs Respect Week as part of the Freedom from Fear campaign to highlight the issues to employers and employees alike. Details and the survey can be found here: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/Campaigns/Freedom-From-Fear
Contact your nearest USDAW Divisional Office, details here http://www.usdaw.org.uk/Contact-Us/Usdaw-Offices to find out about events in your area.