We've been running our Freedom From Fear Campaign since 2002.
Usdaw’s survey results have shown a troubling increase in violence and abuse against retail workers in recent years — with another significant increase in 2020/21 during the Coronavirus crisis.
We know our members suffer appalling abuse and violence while at work, however the official retail crime figures don’t always reflect the true picture. This is because not all retail crime is reported.
The campaign can be anything from a stall in your workplace or canteen, to a few simple conversations with colleagues (please see below for more ideas). Whatever the format of your campaign – there are three simple actions we are focusing on, to engage with staff in your store:
- Talk to members and non-members about Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear campaign. Encourage all staff in your store to report every incident of violence or abuse to store management and to the police if necessary.
- Ask members and non-members to fill in the Freedom From Fear survey. We know that violence, threats and abuse against retail workers doubled during the height of the Coronavirus crisis. The real life stories of our members bring this campaign to life and we want to hear about everyone’s experiences.
- Ask any non-members who engage with the campaign to join Usdaw. Our campaigning strength is only as strong as our Union. Together we are stronger.
We hope that you are able to help. For further information please do not hesitate to contact Michael in the Politics Office on 0161 249 2452.
Contact your local Usdaw office for more information or email: [email protected]