Campaign Briefing: Violence Against Shop Workers

Emma Hoddinott
For attention of:
11th January 2019
Last updated:
24th June 2020
6th July 2022
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A briefing about the campaigning across the Co-op movement to address the issue of violence against shop workers, and ideas of how Councillors and candidates can also take part.

Every day, more than 250 retail workers face violence, just for doing their jobs. Six of those incidents will involve a knife, and two a gun. A lot of these shops sit in the heart of the community, and these instances impact on the workers and sense of safety in the community.

From alcohol and cigarettes to knives and acid, there are now more than 50 types of products that are restricted by law. It’s staff on the shop floor who we expect to enforce those laws, and who all too often pay the price in the form of violence, threats and verbal and physical abuse from customers.

As shops re-open following Covid-19, retail workers are once again on the frontline, with added responsibility to oversee rules for public protection.

The Co-op movement is working to raise the profile of this issue through our politicians and affiliated trade unions, and co-op businesses are already taking practical action to work with staff and communities.

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Local Government Officer

Emma Hoddinott