Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield have welcomed the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness and help stop abuse of retail workers.

The campaign follows the recent passage of Daniel Johnson MSP’s Protection of Workers Bill, and will be delivered by Crimestoppers, Fearless and the Scottish Grocers Federation.

However, they are also warning that a campaign alone is not enough, and that further action is required to ensure that any crimes are properly investigated and prosecuted, with both Police Scotland and the Crown Office adopting policies to make sure enforcement happens.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Iain Gray MSP said:

“This campaign is a welcome development and one that has been instigated following the successful passage of Daniel Johnson’s historic Members Bill. The public have to be made aware that assaulting or abusing a retail worker is completely unacceptable, something the campaign will outline, but we have to go further.

“As well as raising awareness, the Scottish Government has to ensure that any crimes are properly investigated and prosecuted. There can be no more excuses for abusing retail workers.”

Martin Whitfield said:

“The message throughout Daniel’s work on his Protection of Workers Bill was always that violence, threats and abuse should never be part of the job. Retail workers have been at the frontline of the pandemic for a year now, with some horrendous cases of abuse being reported.

“I want to see this new campaign working with businesses, unions and community organisations to ensure that there is always a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of retail workers.”

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