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Usdaw calls on government to 'reduce the risk' of violence against shopworkers

TWO-THIRDS of shopworkers have been exposed to violence or aggression at work, a survey has revealed.

The study by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust prompted shopworkers’ union Usdaw to call for government action.

The trust was established in memory of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, who went missing in 1986 and is now presumed dead, with the mission “to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support.”

One thousand retail workers were questioned for the report, which was released ahead of shopworkers union Usdaw’s annual Respect for Shopworkers’ Week, which begins on Monday.

Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis said: “These survey results lay bare the significant issues our members have to deal with on the front line of retail, where all too often they can face violence threats and abuse.

“Shopworkers are at the centre of our communities. Their role should be valued, they deserve our respect, but most of all they deserve the protection of the law.”

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