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Abuse of shop workers cause for concern at Christmas period – Sue Ramsey

30 November, 2010 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA for west Belfast and member of the Assembly’s Committee for Employment Sue Ramsey has today lent her support to a motion from the committee calling for an end to the abuse of shop workers and pledged her support to the ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign.

Speaking from the Assembly this morning Ms Ramsey said;

“Obviously the Christmas period can be a very stressful period for many people but today’s motion reminds us that shop workers are becoming subject to abuse, particularly at such an intense period of retail activity.

The business community must also take seriously their responsibilities to protect their workers; the recent spate of so-called ‘Tiger Kidnappings’ highlights that many staff feel vulnerable and are indeed subject to a huge amount of trauma and stress.

The campaign, ‘Freedom from Fear’, which is supported by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers is a real issue of concern which has been brought to the floor of the Assembly today.

We often hear about abuse and attacks against our healthcare staff and other public service professionals; retail workers are not different and are entitled to the necessary respect and protection. I will be urging the Minister during the course of today’s debate to endorse the Union’s 10 point plan for a safer workplace and begin a campaign to end the abuse of retail staff.” CRÍOCH

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