Rother Valley: MP Barron backs respect for shop workers

Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shopworkers as part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff.
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Kevin Barron

The campaign event took place the day after the Government blocked an Opposition amendment to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which would have introduced a specific additional offence of assaulting a worker serving the public.

Mr Barron said: “Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse and it is really important we stand together and ask people to ‘keep their cool and respect shopworkers’.

“I voted for the amendment to provide for stiffer sentences for offenders and I was very disappointed to see Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs block it.”