February 6, 2013

Usdaw calls on MPs to back the Protection of Workers Bill

A private members' bill, promoted by Graeme Morrice MP, will create an additional penalty for those who assault workers in the course of their duties. The second reading of the Bill was due last Friday (1st February) in Parliament but is now set for 1st March.

Usdaw is making the call for support on the back of its annual survey that shows high levels of violence threats and abuse in 2012. The survey of almost 2,000 shopworkers shows that in the last twelve months:

  • 61% were verbally abused.
  • 36% had been threatened.
  • 4% suffered a physical assault.