MSP shows back­ing for cam­paign

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang MSP James Kelly teamed up with staff at Tesco to help pro­mote the Free­dom from Fear cam­paign.

The aim is to pre­vent violence, threats and abuse be­ing di­rected at re­tail staff.

Mr Kelly joined Us­daw reps, An­gela Mor­gan and James Al­lan-Sin­clair, at the Ruther­glen store to hear more about the cam­paign.

It is hoped a new law could be cre­ated, making it an of­fence to as­sault peo­ple whose work brings them into face to face con­tact with the pub­lic.

For those found guilty, in ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing of­fences, it could mean up to 12 months in jail and a £10,000 fine.

Peo­ple can sup­port the ‘Free­dom from Fear’ cam­paign at www.us­daw. org.uk

This is­sue was raised by Mr Kelly on the floor of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment dur­ing a de­bate which called for greater pro­tec­tion for shop work­ers from both the UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments.

He said: “Too of­ten re­tail employees are con­fronted with violence and ver­bal abuse and it really is im­por­tant we stand to­gether and ask peo­ple to re­spect work­ers, es­pe­cially as we ap­proach the busy fes­tive pe­riod.

“I strongly sup­port Us­daw’s call for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce a new law pro­tect­ing shop work­ers and other pub­lic-fac­ing work­ers from as­sault.

“I will con­tinue to cam­paign with Us­daw to pro­vide shop work­ers with the sup­port they de­serve.

“We must give a clear mes­sage that abus­ing or as­sault­ing work­ers who are serv­ing the pub­lic is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.”

John Han­nett, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of Us­daw, added: “We are grate­ful to James Kelly for sup­port­ing our cam­paign to keep our mem­bers safe at work.

“Of­ten, in the course of their du­ties, shop work­ers are ex­pected to en­force the law, whether that is pre­vent­ing un­der age pur­chases of prod­ucts like knives, tobacco or al­co­hol, or de­tain­ing shoplifters un­til the po­lice ar­rive, they de­serve re­spect and pro­tec­tion.

“Over 300 shop work­ers are as­saulted ev­ery day and it’s time to say enough.

Stamp it out James Kelly MSP with Tesco Ruther­glen staff An­gela Mor­gan and James Al­lan-Sin­clair pro­mot­ing the Free­dom from Fear cam­paign

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