Layla Moran has signed up to support the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge, vowing to stand with retail staff and support legislation to better protect shopworkers from violence and abuse.
Violence and abuse of shopworkers and the consequences for staff, colleagues, and their families remains a serious concern in Oxford West and Abingdon. Recognising the serious impact that such crimes on shopworkers, Layla is committed to finding ways to end this scourge on local communities.
Layla has pledged to champion shopworkers in her constituency, recognise the serious impact that violence and abuse have on shop workers and the local communities they serve, and stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them.
The retail industry spends over £1.2 billion per year on crime prevention, yet, every day, there are over 400 incidents of violence and abuse against retail staff. Common triggers include challenging shoplifters, enforcing age-restricted sales, and implementing social distancing and other coronavirus safety measures. The pledge calls for tougher penalties for attacks on shopworkers through the creation of a specific criminal offence.
Layla Moran said: “The level of violence and abuse against retail workers is extremely concerning and should not be happening in modern Britain. I fully support the BRC’s Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge.
“These workers were on the frontline during the height of the pandemic in order to ensure everyone had access to necessities. They deserve praise, not abuse. The current measures in place are clearly insufficient and more must be done to deter criminals. We need to do all we can to ensure no one faces violence or abuse in the workplace, and I will support legislation to protect retail staff in my constituency and beyond.”
Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said:
“Every day, hundreds of hardworking retail staff are subjected to violence or abuse in their place of work. These incidents leave physical and emotional scars, and affect not only the victim, but also their families, colleagues, and communities. Sadly, existing law, meant to protect these workers, is not fit for purpose, and many of these heinous crimes continue to go unpunished.
“We are calling on MPs from all parties to come together and sign the Shopworkers Protection Pledge. On behalf of the three million people who work in retail; their families and their communities, there is one simple message: doing nothing is not an option.”
More information is on the BRC’s website here: https://brc.org.uk/news/corporate-affairs/shopworkers-protection-pledge/