Call for tougher action on shop staff attacks
SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson demonstrated his support for shopworkers when he visited the Co-op store on Deyes Lane in Maghull.
During his visit to mark Respect for Shopworkers Week, Mr Esterson discussed local community safety issues with staff and heard about the Co-op’s operational programme to help tackle crime.
The Co-op is backing the shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s campaign and the Respect for Shopworkers Week.
Mr Esterson said: “Shop workers face an unprecedented level of threat from violent incidents as each day across the UK six are threatened with a knife and two with a gun.
“Recent figures show that across the country violent, weaponised crime is on the rise with a 16% increase in incidents involving knives.
“That is why I am backing this important initiative as we must all do everything we can to help reduce these attacks.
“It is fantastic to see the Co-op working so closely with the shopworkers’ union Usdaw in order to ensure their staff’s working environment is safe.”
Paul Gerrard, director of campaigns at the Co-op, said: “Retail crime is often considered to be victimless as people think it only involves a faceless business losing stock or money.
“However, it is not the shop that is left bruised, bleeding or traumatised.
“This type of crime has nothing to do with profit and everything to do with people.’’
The union Usdaw has run 1,000 events across the UK to raise awareness of the violence, threats and abuse that retail staff face all too often.
A survey has revealed a 40 per cent rise in incidents of violence against shopworkers since 2016.
Co-op staff with Bill Esterson MP, third right