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' (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' 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's Ibstock supermarket, while Phil Hope MP visited Midlands Co-op's 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."