Councillor backs Usdaw's Freedom from Fear campaign


Usdaw member and city centre councillor Kevin Peel backs Usdaw's Freedom from Fear campaign as Respect for Shopworkers week kicks off.

Respect week was launched today by Usdaw, the shopworker's trade union.

Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear Campaign seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers.

The campaign has four main aims, to:

  • Negotiate with employers for safety and security improvements in stores.
  • Campaign for Government to ensure that their policies and actions help tackle retail crime and anti-social behaviour in shopping areas.
  • Raise awareness with the shopping public that violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers is unacceptable behaviour.
  • Give shopworkers the confidence to speak out and not accept abuse as just a part of the job.


Shocking research reveals that every minute of the working day another shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked.

Councillor Kevin Peel, who first joined Usdaw while working at Tesco as a teenager, said:

"As a former shopworker myself I fully support Usdaw's Freedom from Fear campaign.

"Violence against shopworkers is unacceptable. More needs to be done to wipe it out.

"I support Usdaw's call for stiffer sentences for those found guilty of assaulting shopworkers and will lobby for the law to be changed by a future Labour Government."

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