Shopworkers’ trade union USDAW is urging MPs to vote for an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill now going through Parliament, to protect shopworkers who refuse to sell someone a potential offensive weapon.
The amendment is backed by the British Retail Consortium, representing shop owners.
Cheryl Pidgeon, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Rushcliffe, said:
“Shopworkers are in the frontline in protecting all of us from acid and knife attacks. More than 50 of them are injured in assaults every day while doing their job.
This is totally unacceptable and we need to make sure they get the full protection of the law. Those who work in small shops are especially at risk.
Labour believes everyone should be able to go about their normal business without fear of harassment or assault and this amendment will help ensure this.
I will be writing to Kenneth Clarke to ask him to support this amendment and I hope everyone in Nottingham and Notts will encourage their MP to do the same.”