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Keep Your Cool – Respect for Shopworkers Week

Usdaw has been running it’s Freedom From Fear “Respect Shopworkers Week” Campaign since 2002. For eighteen years this targeted campaign has seen us work with the public, retail employers, the police and with Government to protect retail workers from violence and abuse.

This year, because of Coronavirus, the campaign can’t be run in the normal way. Usdaw wants to keep shopworkers safe from the virus as well as safe from abuse, so we are not asking Reps to run stalls in shops. Without the normal stalls, there are still a number of ways members and Reps can help get the key messages across.

1. Take the survey
We want to hear about the real-life experience of Usdaw members.
We know from a flash survey at the beginnings of the Coronavirus crisis that violence, threats and abuse against retail workers doubled during the height of the crisis. The real life stories of our members bring this campaign to life and we want to hear about everyone’s experiences.

Please take part in our quick survey.
2. Sign the petition
Usdaw is petitioning the Government for a law that protects retail workers. The Government must create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.
The petition is gaining momentum if we reach 100,000 signatures it will be debated in parliament.

Sign the petition.
3. Join the Union
If you work in retail and you are not already a member of Usdaw, now is the time to join. As well as all the benefits of being a member of a Trade Union, we want you in our Union to build the campaign to end violence and abuse of retail workers.

Already a member? Recruit a friend to join! – Our campaigning strength is only as strong as our Union. Together we are stronger.


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