Sunday 4 July 2021 / 7:22 PM Nick Thomas-Symonds / Workers' Rights

Labour calls for all MPs to get behind law change to increase protection for shopworkers

Labour calls for all MPs to get behind amendment to increase protection for shopworkers, ahead of Monday’s Report Stage of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“Throughout the pandemic shopworkers have put themselves at risk to serve their communities. All too often the reward for working so hard has been unacceptable levels of abuse, with surveys showing almost 90 per cent having suffered verbal abuse, with two-thirds threatened and nearly one in ten assaulted.

“This must stop. That is why Labour is seeking to change the law this week to give additional protection to our retail workers.

“The Government has the opportunity to vote with Labour to support this, and send a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated. The measures are backed by unions and employers – it is unthinkable that the Government would not want to support it.”