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Government to consider greater protection for workers selling alcohol

Shop workers union Usdaw has welcomed the GovernmentÂ’s commitment to meet with the union and business representatives to look further at a proposal to provide greater protection for workers selling alcohol.

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Government to consider greater protection for workers selling alcohol

Shop workers union Usdaw has welcomed the GovernmentÂ’s commitment to meet with the union and business representatives to look further at a proposal to provide greater protection for workers selling alcohol.

A coalition of staff and business representatives are calling on the Government to accept an amendment, tabled by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, which will give extra legal protection to staff who are assaulted while selling alcoholic drinks.

The amendment was debated in the House of Lords this week during the Committee Stage of the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill. It is being supported by Usdaw, business groups representing alcohol retailers from large multiples to small independents, and safer drinking group Pubwatch.

Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said: “Shop and bar workers are expected to enforce the law by preventing under-age purchases and refusing customers who have already had too much to drink. Parliament has placed a unique duty on these workers, who take on a pseudo police officer role, so it is only right they also provide the additional protection needed to help keep them safe.

“A meeting will provide us with an opportunity to explain to the Minister what life is like for workers on the frontline of policing the sale of alcohol, how exposed staff are to violence and just how frustrating it is to see attackers let off with lenient sentences, cautions or not face any punishment at all.”

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