Freedom from fear

MIDLANDS Co-op has hosted visits by Labour and Co-operative Party MPs at two of its stores, to support the Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers&#039 (Usdaw) Freedom...

MIDLANDS Co-op has hosted visits by Labour and Co-operative Party MPs at two of its stores, to support the Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers&#039 (Usdaw) Freedom from Fear campaign.

Part of National Respect for Shopworkers Week, the Freedom from Fear Campaign highlighted the threat of violence and abuse faced by ‘frontline&#039 shop staff.

David Taylor, MP for Leicestershire North West, and Phil Hope, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire both visited Midlands Co-op supermarkets within their constituencies to speak to store managers, employees on the shop floor and security staff.

Pictured is David Taylor MP who visited the Society&#039s Ibstock supermarket, while Phil Hope MP visited Midlands Co-op&#039s Occupation Road store in Corby.

Tony Carroll, Retail Operations Controller at Midlands Co-op, said: "We want to do all that we can to support our staff and to protect them from the increased amount of abuse and violence which we see happening in society as a whole.

"We hope that by working with USDAW and local MPs we can take a stand to make our stores safer for all our employees."

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