Coronavirus: Unions call for more protection for supermarket staff - The Leamington Observer

Coronavirus: Unions call for more protection for supermarket staff

Ian Hughes 23rd Mar, 2020   0

NEW safety measures including perspex screens to help protect checkout operators are being introduced by supermarket giant Morrisons.

Shopworkers trade union Usdaw welcomed Morrisons’ move and is working with other supermarketsto ensure they meet their duty of care to staff.

Usdaw General Secretary Paddy Lillis said: “We have increasing concerns about the safety and welfare of staff in stores. The scenes in stores over the weekend and behaviour of some customers mean that supermarkets need to go further to protect the health, safety and welfare of shopworkers.

“We are calling on retailers to continue to improve their stores and procedures to help protect staff. We also call on customers to stay calm, respect shopworkers and practice the necessary hygiene measures to help limit the spread of the virus. We all have to work together to get through this crisis.”

Usdaw is calling on retailers to:

* Limit the number of customers in store at any one time

* Increase security presence

* Reiterate to staff not to put their own safety at risk in the event of abusive customers or shoplifters

* Provide perspex shields around checkouts

* Ensure staff are able to perform necessary hygiene procedures

* Clearly tell customers they should shop alone if possible and only buy what they need

* Enforce essential workers’ and vulnerable people’s shopping hours

And Usdaw is urging customers to help retail workers by:

* Treating shopworkers with courtesy and respect

* Wash hands

* Only buy what they need

* Maintain physical distance

*Pay with contactless if possible

* Respect ‘golden’ shopping hours for essential workers and vulnerable people

* Shopping alone if possible


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