Please use the link below to download a partner pack for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s upcoming Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the abuse of shopworkers during the pandemic and asking the public to ensure they are #KeepingChristmasKind.
With uncertainty about family gatherings at Christmas after the current lockdown ends we could see a huge last minute shopping spree and tensions spilling over on the high street. There is a concern that retail workers could bear the brunt of shoppers’ frustrations.
The Crime Commissioners office have produced an emotive film featuring three families of shop workers who have been verbally abused, threatened with knives and even had a flare pulled out on them.
They hope that these real life stories will help raise awareness of the high levels of abuse shopworkers have faced during the pandemic. You can watch it here:
Retail trade union Usdaw’s research has shown that every minute of the working day a shop worker is verbally abused or assaulted.
With your help in sharing the messages in the partner pack it is hoped that it may make people stop and rethink their behaviour and help to reduce the abuse that shop workers face this Christmas by encouraging people to be kind.