Ahead of the busy shopping spree before Christmas, Gordon has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace.
Gordon, who in previous years has worked with Usdaw members at the Tesco Extra in Clifton on successful campaigns such as “Keep Sunday Special” and other measures to protect shop workers, is now supporting the “Freedom From Fear” initiative. The campaign seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff and is running from 14th to 20th November.
He said: “As we approach the festive period, the shops across Blackpool will get busier and busier with the demands on local retail staff increasing. Christmas shopping can sometimes be a stressful experience but that is not an excuse for retail employees to be on the end of abuse and threats whilst serving the public.
“It is really important people keep their cool and respect shop workers, especially as we approach the last few weeks before Christmas. I was personally shocked to hear about the abuse that some shop workers 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 shop workers in Blackpool 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 said: "We are grateful to Gordon for supporting our campaign to keep our members safe at work. Often, in the course of their duties, shop workers are expected to deal with tense and difficult situations. Unfortunately these can escalate to verbal abuse and assault. Over 300 shop workers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough.”verbal abuse and assault. Over 300 shop workers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough.”