A survey of 1000 retail workers by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust has revealed that two-thirds of have been exposed to violence and aggression in their workplace.
Local MSP, Neil Findlay, alongside USDAW, the shop workers union, have called for urgent action in light of figures that suggest that the majority of retail workers have experienced verbal abuse, physical assault, verbal harassment, verbal assault and bullying in the workplace.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“This survey has exposed the risks and threats that retail workers face on a day to day basis.
“We need to do much more to protect shop workers from harm – that is why I support Daniel Johnson MSPs bill to protect shop staff.
“Working in a shop or serving the public in any way should not mean that people are subjected to violence or abuse. We need action now to ensure that there are strong punishments for those who behave in such a way.”