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    Shopworkers deserve greater protection from violence

    Violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers has been a growing problem in recent years, which was made much worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

    By Paddy Lillis, Usdaw union on 14 December 2021


    Body worn camera technology: protecting staff from attack

    Body worn cameras can reduce the risk of workers suffering violence and aggression from members of the public, making them an ideal protective tool in environments such as retail and healthcare.

    By Alasdair Field, Reveal on 15 June 2021

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    MPs debate call for new offence for assaulting retail workers

    Retail workers in England should be given the same protections against violence as their colleagues in Scotland, a Committee heard.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 June 2021

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    Supermarket customers ‘blatantly flout’ rules, says Usdaw

    The vaccines minister says enforcement of social distancing and mask-wearing in supermarkets is a top priority, after the shopworkers union said staff are ‘deeply worried’ about catching Covid-19.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 11 January 2021

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    Tesco fined £536,000 after boy electrocuted by stray freezer wire

    Tesco Stores Limited was fined £536,000 last week by magistrates after a 10-year-old child got an electric shock in its branch in Warfield, Bracknell.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 22 December 2020

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    New laws to protect shop workers from attack rejected

    The government has rejected calls to create stiffer penalties for people who assault shop workers, despite attacks doubling during the coronavirus crisis.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 23 September 2020

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    Supermarket workers in landmark equal pay case

    The Supreme Court will decide on one of the UK’s biggest equal pay cases, as lawyers representing more than 43,000 supermarket workers at Asda will insist their work is comparable to more highly paid warehouse workers.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 13 July 2020

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    Technology in action

    The use of technology to improve safety systems and manage risk information is becoming more relevant and integrated than ever before. Safety Management finds out how to build a risk map to focus on major risks.

    By Iris Cepero on 28 October 2019

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    B&Q fined £300k after shopper injured by falling metal pole

    DIY giant B&Q has been fined £300,000 after a shopper suffered a serious head injury when a metal pole fell from a shop display and struck them at its store in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

    By on 26 March 2019

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    Shopworker rights left out of offensive weapons bill

    An opportunity to keep shop workers safe from violent attack has been missed in a government bill seeking to curb knife crime, Usdaw has said.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 21 March 2019