Last week, the shop workers trade union USDAW published the results of their ‘Impact of Coronavirus’ survey.

 

The findings tell the story of 7357 USDAW members, primarily key workers working in shops, warehouses, road transport and delivery driver, who have been working relentlessly, and risking their lives, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The key findings of the survey were:

·       70% are experiencing anxiety and raised concerns with their employer.

·       Many key workers are struggling on low pay and are applying for Universal Credit and benefits to make ends meet.

·       29% have had Covid-19 related absences from work, because of illness, self-isolating or shielding.

·       Abuse of shop workers has doubled during the Coronavirus emergency.

 

 Local MSP Neil Findlay is backing USDAW union’s call for a new deal for workers, which includes:

·       The National Minimum Wage to be immediately increased to at least £10 per hour.

·       Guaranteed working hours. A minimum 16 hours per week for everyone who wants it, based on the normal hours worked and an end to zero hours contracts.

·       Respect for shop workers through ‘Protection of Workers’ legislation that will tackle abuse against workers dealing with the public.

·       More support for low-paid workers through improved sick pay and a proper social security system instead of the current Universal Credit mess.

·       A real voice at work with trade unions being recognised in the workplace.

Local Labour MSP, Neil Findlay said:

“Key retail, distribution and delivery workers have put in a heroic effort to ensure that every household has access to food and essential items during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s time that we recognised the value of these workers with decent pay, guaranteed hours and more job security. I stand with USDAW in demanding a new deal for workers. “

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