Gareth Thomas MP has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace. As part of the ‘Freedom From Fear Campaign’, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff, Usdaw members are highlighting the problems faced by staff during Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs from 14 to 20 November.
Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West says: "Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse whilst serving the public. It is really important we stand together and ask people to keep their cool and respect shopworkers, especially as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period.
"I was personally shocked to hear about the abuse that shopworkers can receive on what can be a daily basis. No one should have to go to work expecting abuse.
"I will continue to campaign with Usdaw to provide shopworkers the support they need and deserve. We must give a clear message that abusing or assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable."
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary says: "We are grateful to Gareth for supporting our campaign to keep our members safe at work.
"Often, in the course of their duties, shopworkers are expected to deal with tense and difficult situations. Unfortunately these can escalate to verbal abuse and assault. Over 300 shopworkers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough. Parliament has placed the legal obligation on shopworkers to enforce the law in relation to age restricted sales and Parliament must also ensure that the law also protects shopworkers who are doing their job. Politicians and members of the public must work together to ensure that shopworkers get the respect they deserve."
Gareth Thomas MP has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace. As part of the ‘Freedom From Fear...
I am pleased to join Teresa Pearce, Kate Hollern and Jim McMahon in the Shadow DCLG team with responsibility for local government.
I’m keen to play my part in supporting Labour Councillors defending vital local public services from yet more funding cuts. I’m also keen to begin to explore what a new Labour vision for local government might look like; one that recognises the move, in a very British way, towards a more federal United Kingdom, which champions England’s talents in our cities, boroughs and counties, but which also gives local people more power to shape their communities in the way they think best.
I am pleased to join Teresa Pearce, Kate Hollern and Jim McMahon in the Shadow DCLG team with responsibility for local government. I’m keen to play my part in supporting...
Published on behalf of Rose Worley, a constituent from the 70/30 campaign.
At a recent local surgery, I met with an ambassador for 70/30, a local grassroots campaign that’s building support for a primary prevention approach to tackle child maltreatment in Harrow.
As suggested by the name, the 70/30 campaign wants to show how we could reduce child abuse by at least 70% by 2030 in the United Kingdom. This can be achieved through a proper strategy which puts primary prevention as the leading ideology.
I know that far too many statistics can get thrown around these days, but these numbers are ones which really deserve our attention and this is why; 1 out of 5 children in the UK will suffer from significant child abuse and/or neglect.
So the argument of the 70/30 campaign goes like this – the damage which is caused by child maltreatment costs the UK taxpayer billions each year in various social services as these children often go on to have a host of problems in later life, thus would it not be better to protect them from maltreatment, rather than waiting until it is too late and trying to control the damage?
The basis for this approach is to prevent maltreatment before it happens by tackling the root causes. This might be maternal mental health problems, domestic violence issues, substance abuse problems or a whole host of other issues which can affect parents. Early and effective support could help them deal with these problems before they get out of control.
For a mother who may be suffering from mental health issues, this early support could make the difference to her ability to cope. It could also mean a couple who have unhealthy tension in their relationship could get support to get things back on track. Helping them prevents the severe stress a baby can experience in a tense or violent home.
The challenge is to get people thinking ahead to the point where we can really start seeing prevention as something urgent, not just an idea that would be nice to work on once we have finished intervening.
This leads us to the whole point of the campaign – we will never finish intervening until we have stopped things going wrong in the first place. Here is an analogy from WAVE Trust, the charity which is behind the campaign – if your taps are on and your sink is overflowing, you will never finish mopping up unless you stop to turn the taps off.
I agree with the wisdom of more support being available to help parents and avoid children being maltreated. That’s why I back the 70/30 campaign. If you have any experiences with children services or you would like to get involved, you can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on behalf of Rose Worley, a constituent from the 70/30 campaign. At a recent local surgery, I met with an ambassador for 70/30, a local grassroots campaign that’s building support for...