Shopworkers’ union Usdaw wants local councils to play a bigger part in reducing the level of violent attacks and abuse aimed at retail employees.
During a fringe meeting at the Labour Party spring conference in Manchester, Usdaw said councils should put more emphasis on working with retailers at a local level to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
General secretary elect John Hannett said: “We are calling on local councils to work with Usdaw to address an issue that threatens every town and city in the UK.” The union says there have been more than a million incidents of violence, threats or abuse aimed at UK shopworkers since 1995.
Hannett said: “Shopworkers deserve respect and the right to go to work without the fear of attack.”