Published On: Mon, Apr 20th, 2015 on 1:58 pm

Over 20 shopworkers in region were assaulted DAILY last year

The shopworkers trade union has today released survey results that show that last year, on average, over 22 shopworkers were assaulted every day in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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35% of shopworkers were threatened by customers, which is the second highest in the country, and over half were verbally abused, according to the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw).

The survey results suggest that Yorkshire and the Humber is above the UK average for assaults on shopworkers.

“Retail crime remains too high”

John Hannett, General Secretary for Usdaw, said: “We launched our Freedom From Fear Campaign in the face of growing concerns amongst retail workers about violence, threats and abuse. The campaign works with retailers to promote respect and make workplaces safer for staff and customers alike.

“All too often criminals who assault staff are not even sent to court, and those who are can receive derisory sentences. In other cases, where the offender often isn’t charged at all victims are left feeling that no one cares that they were assaulted. Retail crime remains too high and there needs to be action to protect shopworkers.”

The Freedom From Fear campaign has been supported by Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.

She said: “I’m a big supporter of Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear campaign, raising awareness and ways to make people feel safer at work. I can assure everyone that a Labour Government will make sure staff working with the public get greater protection from attacks, with tougher penalties for criminals.”

The Usdaw survey was conducted by telephone in November and participants were asked about their experiences over the past twelve months.

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