As you all know, the Co-op is unique and our AGM gives you a chance to get involved in our democracy. You can vote on our motions and elect Member Nominated Directors and Council members – your vote gives you the power to make a real difference.
This year, you have a chance to vote on what I believe is the most colleague-focussed motion that has been put to our AGM in recent years which is completely in support of our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaigning.
You may have read Jan’s story which tells of her experience working on the front line of our business where she and her colleagues were subjected to four armed robberies over a ten-week period. This, and all attacks on colleagues either physical or verbal are unacceptable, and we’re totally committed to tackling this and making our communities safer places to live and work.
The Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities motion aims to build on our commitment to protect colleagues and address the root causes of crime in society and:
keep investing in technology and security measures to keep colleagues safe, which has seen £70m invested in the previous three years
calling on our government to do more to protect shop workers on the front line with tougher penalties for offenders and changing how society thinks about and responds to violence
build on increased support to community groups who tackle the root causes of violent crime to help individuals in those communities to reach their full potential
I do hope you can take some time to use your vote this year and support this motion. We’re serious about protecting colleagues and making our communities safer places to live and work and your vote can really help shape this for years to come.