SCOTTISH Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson, Labour/Co-op MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, took time out from a busy schedule to hear at first hand the retail crime problems store staff face and to support trade union Usdaw's Respect for Shopworkers Week initiative.
The Minister viewed material highlighting the issues at Scottish Co-op's Auchinleck store and met staff and customers to discuss their concerns.
Around the country, more than 20 MPs, MSPs and Welsh Assembly Members visited Co-op food stores in support of the campaign, which is being supported by the Co-operative Group and all the regional societies.
Pictured with Ms Jamieson is Auchinleck Co-op store manager Derek Bryson.
? See the next edition of Co-operative News ? published on July 20th ? for more Respect week pictures from around the UK.