Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has spoken out again on the abuse and violence faced by too many shopworkers across Wales and around the UK.
In June 2019, a Home Office consultation on Violence and Abuse Towards Shop Staff, closed. Despite this, UK Government Ministers are yet to publish a formal response. Last week, Chris called on the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, to put pressure on Home Office Ministers to issue such a response so the government can “start to tackle” the high levels of violence shop and retail workers face.
The Ogmore MP said that violence against shopworkers was never acceptable and wants to see the UK Government support the work of the Union of Shop, Distributive, and Allied Workers (USDAW), in taking a strong lead on tackling violence against shopworkers.
USDAW recently found that 80 per cent of shopworkers surveyed believed that the levels of threats, violence, and abuse, they faced was getting worse. Shockingly, nearly two thirds of these claimed they had fallen victim to a physical or verbal attack.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“No one should ever have to face violence just for doing their job, and it is completely unacceptable that this is happening on high streets up and down the country. USDAW’s long campaigning on this exposes the seriousness of this issue with the damning numbers of shopworkers reporting incidents of violence and abuse."
In response to Chris’ question, Mr Rees-Mogg agreed to raise this issue with Home Office Ministers.
“The government can’t just open consultations and not respond to them. It’s crystal clear we need action on this issue – it’s time they stopped stalling and took real steps towards better protecting shopworkers.”