Co-operating for a fairer world for our colleagues

As part of our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign we’ve been talking to MPs and Government to ensure they understand why the issue of violence against shop workers must be taken seriously.

A key part of our campaign has been to get greater protection in law for shopworkers.

Recently we asked you to write a letter to your MP to support an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. On Monday 5 July, this Bill will be voted on in Parliament.

A case will be put forward to add a new clause to this bill, that will give extra protection to Shopworkers in England and Wales.

We need MPs to vote for this new clause so we need to put more pressure on our Local MPs to vote in favour of this.

Here's how you can help:

I am a shopworker sending an email

  1. Go to https://members.parliament.uk
  2. Find your MP's email address
  3. Copy the wording below and paste it into a new email
  4. Send the wording to your MP's email address and copy in public.affairs@coop.co.uk in the CC box
  5. Insert your name and home address at the base of your email: this must be done otherwise the MP will not be able to work on your behalf

Dear (Insert MP Name) (Insert your home address, including postcode)

I work for the Co-op and I’m emailing you today to ask you what else I need to do, to show you that retail workers need additional protection?

Our CEO, Jo Whitfield, has been calling on the Government to legislate to protect me for a number of years. We have written to you, we have signed petitions and we have shared our stories of abuse. I’m now asking you, as my MP, to vote to support me and all shopworkers, by voting for the amendment to protect Shopworkers which will be debated by Parliament as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’s Report stage on Monday 5 July.

Since March last year, we have put our lives and our family’s lives at risk to keep the nation fed. Despite that, the violence and abuse that we get daily is getting worse, as it has done for several years. In fact, most of the verbal abuse and physical violence I face is when we’re enforcing laws that Parliament has passed, like social distancing and asking people for ID.

We have been called ‘keyworkers’, ‘retail heroes’, ‘hidden heroes’ and we thank you for that, but the time has come for action.

Action has already been taken for my colleagues in Scotland, who have been given greater protection through Daniel Johnson MSP’s Bill, and I want the same for colleagues in England and Wales.

Do you agree that I don’t deserve to be abused or face violence at work just for doing my job?

If you agree with me, then I ask you, as my elected representative, to support me in Parliament and vote to protect me and my colleagues. Please support the amendment to protect shopworkers within the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Thank you in advance,

(Insert your name)

I am a colleague wanting to support by sending an email

  1. Go to https://members.parliament.uk
  2. Find your MP's email address
  3. Copy the wording below and paste it into a new email
  4. Send the wording to your MP's email address and copy in public.affairs@coop.co.uk in the CC box
  5. Insert your name and home address at the base of your email: this must be done otherwise the MP will not be able to work on your behalf

Dear (Insert MP Name) (Insert your home address, including postcode)

I work for the Co-op and I’m emailing you today to ask you what else I need to do, to show you that retail workers need additional protection?

Our CEO, Jo Whitfield, has been calling on the Government to legislate to protect me for a number of years. We have written to you, we have signed petitions and our frontline colleagues have shared their stories of abuse. I’m now asking you, as my MP, to vote to support me and all shopworkers, by voting for the amendment to protect Shopworkers which will be debated by Parliament as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’s Report stage on Monday 5 July.

Since March last year, our shopworkers have put their lives and their family’s lives at risk to keep the nation fed. Despite that, the violence and abuse that they get daily is getting worse, as it has done for several years. In fact, most of the verbal abuse and physical violence they face is when they’re enforcing laws that Parliament has passed, like social distancing and asking people for ID.

Our colleagues have been called ‘keyworkers’, ‘retail heroes’, ‘hidden heroes’ and we thank you for that, but the time has come for action. Action has already been taken for my colleagues in Scotland, who have been given greater protection through Daniel Johnson MSP’s Bill, and I want the same for colleagues in England and Wales.

Do you agree that our shopworkers don’t deserve to be abused or face violence at work just for doing their job?

If you agree with me, then I ask you, as my elected representative, to support me in Parliament and vote to protect my colleagues. Please support the amendment to protect shopworkers within the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Thank you in advance,

(Insert your name)