// BRC unveils Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge to protect retail workers against crime
// Over 400 incidents of violence and abuse against shopworkers occur every day
// 11 cross-party MPs put their name to the pledge for the launch
The BRC has launched the Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge in an effort to support the legislation necessary to protect retail workers against crime and violence.
A total of 11 cross-party MPs will put their name to the pledge for the launch today, and the BRC is calling on MPs from all parties to add their name to this cause.
The signatories pledge aims to improve legislation after the BRC Crime Survey found that over 400 incidents of violence and abuse against shopworkers occur every day.
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This is despite retailers spending £1.2 billion each year on crime prevention.
Common triggers for violence and abuse include challenging shoplifters, enforcing age restricted sales and implementing social distancing and other coronavirus safety measures.
Within the pledge, signatories agree that as elected MPs, they have a duty to protect retail workers, ensuring that those who needlessly assault shop staff face the full force of the law.
The BRC has long been calling for tougher penalties for attacks on shopworkers through the creation of a specific criminal offence, working closely with the Association of Convenience Stores, Usdaw, and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents.
“Every day, hundreds of hardworking retail colleagues are subjected to violence or abuse in their place of work,” BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said.
“These incidents can leave physical and emotional scars, and affect not only the victim, but also their families, colleagues, and communities.
“Sadly, the legislation meant to protect these workers is not fit for purpose, and many of these heinous crimes continue to go unpunished.
“These incidents have multiplied during the pandemic, which is why we are now calling on MPs from all parties to come together and sign the Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge.
“On behalf of the three million people who work in retail; their families and their communities, there is one simple message: doing nothing is not an option.”