Usdaw is urging UK shoppers to show some respect to their local retail staff in its first National Respect Day for Shopworkers, which will be held on Wednesday, September 17.

The union expects the day to be the biggest in its history. Home Office minister David Blunkett will join Usdaw leaders Sir Bill Connor and John Hannett along with Co-op Group chief executive Martin Beaumont at a Co-op Welcome store in Camberwell, London to launch the event.

Over 100 street stalls will help promote the campaign and publicise the vital role of shopworkers.

Since 1995 more than 118,000 shopworkers have been attacked, more than 250,000 have been threatened with violence and more than 500,000 have been verbally abused.

Blunkett said: "It is unacceptable that thousands of shopworkers are assaulted every year. Any initiative which aims to improve the safety of retail staff and the shopping public is worthy of the government's support."