Law could give shop staff same protection as 999 crews

06 December, 2010

Scotland is considering new legislation which would give shop workers the same protection against assault as emergency workers.

The Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament by Hugh Henry MSP. At present shop staff are only be protected under common law if assaulted but the proposed legislation would ensure harsher penalties were given for assaults on people doing their job.

The bill has the backing of the Association of Convenience Stores, USDAW, the Co-operative Group, Scotmid Co-operative Society and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We fully endorse the introduction of the Protection of Workers Bill and hope that MSPs will understand the importance of this legislation to shop workers and other public facing employees.

“Local shops and their staff work in the heart of the community and need protection from violence and abuse. Mr Henry has taken an important step in introducing a bill.”

MSPs are due to vote on the bill in the next few weeks.

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