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PCC backs campaign to show respect to shopworkers

Liverpool / November 18

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy joined Wavertree MP Luciana Berger to back a campaign calling on shoppers to show respect for retail workers.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy joined Wavertree MP Luciana Berger to back a campaign calling on shoppers to show respect for retail workers.

The Commissioner and MP met staff at The Co-operative Food store in Wavertree to show their support of national shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s “Freedom from Fear Campaign”, and its Respect for Shopworkers Week, which ran from 11-15 November.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Shopkeepers and workers provide a vital service to our communities. Nobody should go to work fearing violence, threats or abuse, that is why I was delighted to support Usdaw’s Respect for Shopworkers’ Week.

“I know Merseyside Police takes attacks against shopworkers extremely seriously, as do the courts. The Revised Victims’ Code published just two weeks ago gives businesses the chance to say how a crime has affected them in court through a written impact statement. This is really significant as incidents of crime can be extremely frightening for shop workers and have a long-term impact.

“As a member of Usdaw and in my role as PCC, I am keen to explore new ways in which we can all work together to tackle retail crime and anti-social behaviour.”

As a community retailer, The Co-operative was also backing Usdaw’s campaign and has taken a leading role in tackling retail crime.

Gwynneth Smedley, The Co-operative Food’s Regional Stores Director for the North West and North Midlands, said: “We are proud to once again to be working with Usdaw to support this important initiative and raise awareness of the ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign.

“The Co-operative’s food stores provide an essential service to local communities, that many people rely on in the run up to Christmas, and anti-social behaviour by a minority can have a devastating impact. However, it’s also a time of year shops are crowded and people are more stressed, so this is an important reminder that everyone, including retail workers, deserve respect.”