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Home Affairs Committee to take evidence on violence against retail workers

13 April 2021

The Home Affairs Committee holds the opening of its new inquiry into violence against retail workers on Wednesday 14 April when it takes evidence from witnesses representing the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers, The Association of Convenience Stores, Boots, Co-op and the British Retail Consortium.

The new inquiry examines the prevalence of verbal and physical violence against staff in the retail sector and whether it has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will investigate barriers to reporting incidents and the quality of support provided to victims by police and employers. It will also explore whether a new offence of aggravated assaults against retail workers is required, and the adequacy of action taken by the Government on this issue following its 2019 call for evidence.

Witnesses

Wednesday 14 April

At 10.00am

  • Joanne Cairns, Head of Research and Economics, Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW)
  • James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS (The Association of Convenience Stores)

At 11.00am

  • Iona Blake, Security and Incident Manager, Boots UK 
  • Paul Gerrard, Campaigns and Public Affairs Director, The Co-op 
  • Tom Ironside, Director, Business and Regulation, British Retail Consortium 

Further information

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