Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has joined staff at The Co-operative Food store on Station Road, Sidcup, to back a campaign calling on shoppers to show respect for retail workers.
The MP’s visit was in support of shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s “Freedom from Fear” campaign, and co-incided with Respect for Shopworkers Week” (5-9 November).
As a community retailer, The Co-operative Food has taken a central role in tackling retail crime, and is backing Usdaw’s campaign.
David Parker, Co-operative Food Regional Stores Director, said: “Our stores provide an essential service that many people depend upon, especially in the run up to Christmas, and the anti-social behaviour of a few can have a devastating impact. Retail crime is not a victimless crime, far from it, and we are proud to once again be working with Usdaw in support of this important initiative.”
James Brokenshire said: “Shop staff should be able to go about their work without having to worry that they might get abused, threatened or worse. Of course Christmas shopping can be a bit of a stressful time, but that doesn’t mean you should take it out on people who are simply trying to do their job. The Co-Operative have led the way in highlighting this important issue and I’m please to support them in asking people to ‘keep their cool’ in the run-up to Christmas”