Retailers vow to protect workers

Some of the UK’s biggest retailers have signed up to a new Charter of
Respect which forms part of shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s campaign to protect its
members from violence and abuse.

Littlewoods, the Co-op, Iceland, Morrisons and TJ Hughes are among the
stores to endorse the charter, which sets out demands for respect, courtesy and
dignity for shopworkers from shoppers.

The charter was launched after independent figures highlighted high levels
of violence and abuse inflicted on retail staff in 2001.

Usdaw’s deputy general director John Hannett said: "We aim to protect
our members from violence and abuse in the workplace."

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