I’m supporting new proposals to protect shopworkers from violence, abuse and assaults.
The Assaults on Retail Workers (Offences) Bill, brought forward in the Commons this week by my Labour colleague Alex Norris, seeks to make an attack on a retail worker in the course of their employment an aggravated offence.
The bill, which also has the backing of the Usdaw trade union, has cross-party support and passed its first reading in the Commons unopposed today.
There has been a worrying rise in levels of violence, abuse and assaults against retail workers over recent years, and we need strong legislation to deter the culprits. The coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated clearly the vital role retail staff play in our communities as they serve distressed customers and work hard to keep shelves stocked. No one should be attacked for just doing their job, and retail workers deserve better protection under the law. I’ll continue to support the passage of this bill through Parliament.
The bill is set to return to the Commons for its Second Reading on April 24th.