Barbara supported retail union USDAW’s ‘Freedom From Fear’ campaign during Respect Week (2-6 November).
The campaign focused on the difficult decisions shopworkers face on a daily basis when trying to decide whether someone looks old enough to buy alcohol or other age-restricted goods.
“It can sometimes be difficult to tell the age of a young person, but shopworkers have to make that on-the-spot judgement all the time. Refusing to serve someone who is underage is often a flashpoint for abuse, both physical and verbal, but even asking for ID is often enough to make some people abusive towards shopworkers.
“The Government has rightly brought in tough penalties for shopworkers who serve people that are underage - they are liable for an £80 fixed penalty notice, with repeated breaches incurring a court appearance or a fine of up to £1,000. I hope that shoppers in Worsley and Eccles South will understand why shopworkers must be vigilant about asking for ID and be patient with them if asked to produce it.
“I also support Usdaw’s work to ensure employers offer more support to staff by responding quickly when a threatened worker calls for help and banning persistent offenders from stores.”
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Barbara with Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett