ACS urges greater protection for shop workers

  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is calling on the government to introduce new protections for shop workers in the UK.

The ACS is backing David Hanson MP’s amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill which would provide additional protection for shop workers who are abused or suffer violent attacks when refusing sales of corrosive substances and knives to under 18s.

However, the amendment does not cover other age restricted products. The ACS is calling for the amendment - New Clause 1 and New Clause 14 - to be extended so that it would be an offence for intentionally obstructing a shop worker enforcing any age restrictions, including for products such as alcohol and tobacco.

ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “Convenience store colleagues are on the front line enforcing the law on age restricted products, and should not feel threatened for doing their job.

“We are calling on the government to do more to protect retailers and their store colleagues from violence and abuse by introducing tougher penalties for offenders.

“The government relies on retailers and store colleagues to up hold the law, so we want back up from police and the criminal justice system to send a clear message that violence and verbal abuse is not acceptable and will be acted on.” 

The Bill amendment coincides with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers’ ‘Respect for Shopworkers’ Week (12th-18th November), a campaign for more support for shop workers in the face of violence and abuse.

The ACS is also calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the annual ACS Crime Survey 2019.

The survey looks at the impact that crime is having on retailers’ businesses, including the number of incidents, the cost to their business and the measures retailers have in place to prevent crime in their stores.

The survey can be found here.

Have your say

These comments have not been moderated.

You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment.

Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments.

If you wish to complain about a comment please use the “report this comment” facility or email groceremails@wrbm.com

Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory

Related images

  • crime arrest
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
Sign in

Newsletter Sign-up

I wish to receive the following newsletters:

FOLLOW US