Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has signed up to support the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge, vowing to stand with retail staff and support legislation to better protect shopworkers from violence and abuse.
Violence and abuse of shopworkers remains a serious concern in Denton and Reddish. Recognising the serious impact that such crimes has on staff, their colleagues, and their families, Gwynne is committed to finding ways to end this scourge on local communities.
Gwynne has signed his support to:
Pledge to champion shopworkers in my constituency and:
- Recognise the serious impact that violence and abuse has on shopworkers and the local communities they serve.
- Stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them.
The retail industry spends over £1.2 billion per year on crime prevention, yet, every day, there are over 400 incidents of violence and abuse against retail staff. Common triggers include challenging shoplifters, enforcing age restricted sales and implementing social distancing and other coronavirus safety measures. The pledge calls for tougher penalties for attacks on shopworkers through the creation of a specific criminal offence.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Everyone should be free from violence or abuse in their workplace, so I am incredibly concerned about the level of violence and abuse towards shopworkers.
“Those working in retail have been on the frontline during the pandemic and I believe that it is vital that everything possible is done to keep these key workers safe in their workplaces.
“The current penalties for attacks on shopworkers are clearly not tough enough and that’s why I support the creation of a specific criminal offence.”
Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said:
“Every day, hundreds of hardworking retail staff are subjected to violence or abuse in their place of work. These incidents leave physical and emotional scars, and affect not only the victim, but also their families, colleagues, and communities. Sadly, existing law, meant to protect these workers, is not fit for purpose, and many of these heinous crimes continue to go unpunished.
“We are calling on MPs from all parties to come together and sign the Shopworkers Protection Pledge. On behalf of the three million people who work in retail; their families and their communities, there is one simple message: doing nothing is not an option.”