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WHAT IS THE SHOPWORKERS’ PROTECTION PLEDGE?

Our BRC 2020 Retail Crime Survey showed that over 400 retail workers face violence and abuse in the workplace every day. These incidents are often the result of challenging shoplifters, enforcing age restricted sales and recently, implementing coronavirus safety measures. Against this backdrop, retailers are spending a record £1.2 billion on crime prevention measures to keep their colleagues safe, but we need Parliament to act too.

In February 2020, the Prime Minister stated that “we should not tolerate crimes of violence against shopworkers”. It is essential such words are backed up by action.

That’s why we launched the Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge to give MPs an opportunity to show their support for retail workers. We are asking MPs to pledge to recognise the serious impact that violence and abuse has on shopworkers and the local communities they serve and stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them.



THE PLEDGE

Over 400 retail workers face violence and abuse in the workplace every single day. The British Retail Consortium Crime Survey shows an increasing problem of abuse, threats and violence facing the millions of people who work in our shops, serving our local communities. These incidents are often the result of challenging shoplifters, enforcing age restricted sales and recently, implementing coronavirus safety measures.

These victims of abuse carry their experiences with them for a lifetime. It affects them, their colleagues, and the families they go home to. Retail workers don’t just serve the community, they are the community and have been ‘Hidden Heroes’ during the coronavirus pandemic, working tirelessly to keep the nation fed and supplied with the items we have all needed.

As elected Members of Parliament, we have a duty to protect retail workers, ensuring that those who needlessly assault shop staff face the full force of the law. No one should have to face violence or threats in their workplace.

I pledge to champion shopworkers in my constituency and:

  • Recognise the serious impact that violence and abuse has on shopworkers and the local communities they serve.
  • Stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them.



SUPPORTERS

MPs who have signed the Shopworkers' Protection Pledge.

MIKE AMESBURY
MP for Weaver Vale

PHILIP DAVIES
MP for Shipley

DEHENNA DAVISON
MP for Bishop Auckland

STEVE MCCABE
MP for Birmingham Selly Oak

GRAHAME MORRIS
MP for Easington



ALEX CUNNINGHAM
MP for Stockton North

SIR DAVID AMESS
MP for Southend West

CHRIS EVANS
MP for Islwyn

ESTHER MCVEY
MP for Tatton

CHRISTINE JARDINE
MP for Edinburgh West



LILIAN GREENWOOD
MP for Nottingham South

ANDREW GWYNNE
MP for Denton and Reddish

RACHAEL MASKELL
MP for York Central

MICK WHITLEY
MP for Birkenhead

PHILIP HOLLOBONE
MP for Kettering



KENNY MACASKILL
MP for East Lothian

HENRY SMITH
MP for Crawley

HILARY BENN
MP for Leeds Central

PATRICK MCFADDEN
MP for Wolverhampton South East

PETER DOWD
MP for Bootle



ROB ROBERTS
MP for Delyn

BEN LAKE
MP for Ceredigion

HUW MERRIMAN
MP for Bexhill and Battle

PAULA BARKER
MP for Liverpool Wavertree

ANDREW ROSINDELL
MP for Romford



SARAH CHAMPION
MP for Rotherham

MOHAMMAD YASIN
MP for Bedford

WERA HOBHOUSE
MP for Bath

CATHERINE MCKINNELL
MP for Newcastle North

JACK DROMEY
MP for Birmingham Erdington



KIM JOHNSON
MP for Liverpool Riverside

VIRENDRA SHARMA
MP for Ealing Southall

FIONA BRUCE
MP for Congleton

APSANA BEGUM
MP for Poplar and Limehouse

MARGARET FERRIER
MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West



LAYLA MORAN
MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

SARAH OLNEY
MP for Richmond Park

ROSIE COOPER
MP for West Lancashire

DAISY COOPER
MP for St Albans

ALAN BROWN
MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun



CLAUDIA WEBBE
MP for Leicester East

DEREK TWIGG
MP for Halton

GEORGE HOWARTH
MP for Knowsley

ALLAN DORANS
MP for Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock

BARBARA KEELEY
MP for Worsley and Eccles



JUDITH CUMMINS
MP for Bradford South

CAROLINE LUCAS
MP for Brighton Pavilion

RICHARD THOMSON
MP for Gordon

NEALE HANVEY
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

CLIVE BETTS
MP for Sheffield South East



BELL RIBEIRO-ADDY
MP for Streatham

MARK ISHERWOOD
Member of the Senedd in the Welsh Parliament

RUPA HUQ
MP for Ealing Central and Acton



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FOR THE PUBLIC

Support our campaign to help better protect shopworkers by asking your MP to sign the pledge today.

To find your MP and their contact details click here.

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SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Please show your support for our campaign.

It’s unacceptable that over 400 retail workers face violence and abuse every day. I am calling on my MP to help address this growing problem by signing the @the_brc Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge! Find out more: https://brc.org.uk/news/corporate-affairs/shopworkers-protection-pledge/


Retail workers are at the heart of every community and deserve to be better protected against violence and abuse! I support the Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge to introduce legislation to better protect retail workers! Find out more: https://brc.org.uk/news/corporate-affairs/shopworkers-protection-pledge/


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