The increasing risk of violence against retail workers
A recent report from the USDAW union which represents retail workers details the levels of violence against retail workers throughout the UK. The retail sector would traditionally have been viewed as a low risk sector for violent assaults. An increase in retail crime as well as tighter retailer returns policies and a decrease in staffing levels across retail outlets have led to increased risks for staff.
The survey reveals that 35% of shop workers had been threatened by shop workers while over half had been verbally abused. Retail employers are becoming increasingly concerned about these trends in an already difficult trading environment.
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