RESPECT SHOP WORKERS BESET BY COVID-19 STRESS

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The shopping mall at Lomond Shores near Balloch, West Dunbartonshire.

By Democrat reporter

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, has called on the Scottish Government to act on the shocking results of an USDAW survey of their members in retail.

A survey carried out by USDAW trade union of over 7000 essential workers in shops, distribution warehouses, road transport and delivery drivers has highlighted the extent of the strain that Covid-19 has put them under.

Within the findings, it was revealed that 70 per cent of key workers in the retail industry have experienced feelings of stress and anxiety due to the increased pressures of Covid-19.

Just under 30% have had to take time off work because either themselves or a dependent were displaying symptoms.

The survey also found that many of these key workers were not coping financially with the minimal and low pay that they were receiving, resulting in many applying for additional benefits and Universal Credit.

It has also been found that abuse of shop workers has more than doubled as a result of Covid-19.

Baillkie Jackie 101Jackie Baillie MSP, pictured right,  said:  “This survey shows the awful impact that the current crisis is having on our vital, hardworking retail workers.

“Now more than ever, we are relying on these workers to ensure that we have access to essential provisions and to deliver us food.

“It is concerning that so many are experiencing such levels of anxiety and the fact that abuse of shop workers has doubled is an ugly result of this crisis.

“I urge the Scottish Government and business owners to ensure that these committed workers are both supported financially and protected from the increased stress levels caused by Covid-19.

“I ask local people to take a second to thank these workers when you come into contact with them, understand the immense pressure that they are under and never treat them with anything other than respect.”

 

One comment

  1. Food is an absolute essential for life. The recent panic buying and hoarding showed us that.

    Without food and the other essentials how would we cope. Yet we expect shop workers to be there, to sit st tills, serve behind counters without a kind word for them as they expose themselves to the passage of hundreds folks every day, some of whom could well have been carriers of the virus.Ditto the carers and others who were previously to a large extent ignorant of to what they actually did.

    And are they paid a kings ransom for the service that so many expect.

    Yes, we would do very well to remember how inter dependent we all are on each other and how a minimum wage, zero hour contract, does not reflect the essential service being provided.

    Low wages, austerity, and wealth for the few may be the Tory way. But why did we vote for it.

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