A proposed parliamentary bill, which seeks to protect shop workers from violence and abuse, has progressed through the initial stage of the legislative process.
Labour MSP, Daniel Johnson, proposed the Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill, to strengthen laws to protect retail workers who face violence, threats or aggression at work.
The bill comes as reports of violence and abuse towards retail staff doubled in the last year.
Local Lothian MSP Neil Findlay has joined the shop workers union in calling for MSPs to support the bill at the next stage to ensure that it can become law.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“It is welcome news that this bill was passed unanimously at the first stage in parliament. Far too many shop workers are affected by violence and abuse in the workplace. MSPs should say enough is enough and support this bill to ensure it becomes law.