A landmark new law coming into force in Scotland this year will make it illegal to hinder or obstruct a retail worker as they are carrying out their job. The Protection of Workers Act also means that anyone who threatens, abuses or assaults a worker carrying out an age-restricted sale could be charged with an aggravated assault.
The Don’t Put Up With It campaign urges everyone in retail to do exactly that – and for customers to support them in doing so.
Spearheaded by SGF with the support of the Scottish Government, Crimestoppers and Police Scotland, it is encouraging every retailer in Scotland to take a stand and let no crime against them go unreported.
Our message that retail crime will not go unpunished must be heard loud and clear. Police must know about every incident, from shoplifting – which staff will tell you is a daily occurrence in almost every convenience store in the country – to violence and verbal abuse.]
The scale of this problem should not be underestimated. A UK-wide survey by shopworkers’ union Usdaw found that 88% of those questioned had experienced verbal abuse; 61% were threatened by a customer and 9% were assaulted.
The Protection of Workers Bill was tabled in the Scottish Parliament by Edinburgh Southern MSP Daniel Johnson. Click here to watch how politicians showed their unanimous support for Scotland’s retail workers.
We are encouraging retailers across Scotland to show their support by publicly pledging that “We will report all retail crime” and posting a picture on social media using the hashtag #dontputupwithit. Find out who’s taken the pledge – and more about how you can show your support – here.