Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear Campaign
seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers.
This year we organised a Respect for Shopworkers Week to highlight
these important issues and also, as we head towards the
General Election next May, we wanted to make sure that politicians
recognise the need for there to be a change in the law to give
shopworkers better protection from assault.
This year, as well as continuing to
collect information on the reporting of incidents, we need your
help to find
out how the most serious incidents are dealt with, whether they are
reported to the police and if so, how good
was the response.
Most importantly, shopworkers need a
new law protecting them from assault. It is completely unacceptable
for them to be physically attacked when they are simply doing
their jobs. Four times this year, Labour MPs and Peers have
tried to give shopworkers the legal protection they need and each
time this Government has blocked these proposals. With the
General Election next year, we are calling on Labour Mps and
candidates to stand up for our members by supporting us in our call
for a new law and in Scotland we are calling on MSPs to
consider similar legislation.
We would like you to get involved this
year by helping to deliver a high profile campaign in your area.
You can help by:
You can also follow the campaign
through our facebook
For more details on how to get
involved in these activities, please see the campaign briefing and
further materials below:
We hope that you are able to help. For further information
please do not hesitate to contact the Politics Office on 0161 249