By Jo Whitfield, Food CEO

The safety of our colleagues in stores is something I worry about week in, week out. I continue to see the horrific stories of incidents that are happening in our shops, as well as tuning into the news every morning to hear of yet another stabbing or violent incident happening on our streets.

Late last year we initiated the Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign, putting our expertise in campaigning for things that matter to our colleagues, members and communities, into practice.

Tomorrow, I’ll be on the sofa talking to BBC breakfast about the reality of what our colleagues are facing day-in day-out in our shops and what we’re doing to take action and invest in the safety of our colleagues. I’ll also be calling for support from the Government to prioritise retail crime, better protect our colleagues through tougher sanctions for offenders and community investment to tackle the causes of crime.

We can’t fix this issue alone and part of our campaign is to raise the profile of the extreme levels of violence our colleagues face whilst at work. So, tune in tomorrow morning and show your support on social media.

The interview will be shown at around 6.50am and again at 7.50am.

Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. have guarding all day pointless half days not hard to look through the window and see the guard isn’t in

  2. The Country needs sorting out with proper governance and a reality check of whats happening in our society. This is a growing problem that appears to be inflated due to lack of policing and adequate deterrents.

  3. A lot of stores are 1 on 1 this should never be.. Need more staff for there safety.. Must come first phil

  4. Every shop should have a guard, and when they have a guard they shouldn’t have him on set hours every week its a joke

  5. Brilliant news Jo, you will be great

  6. Good on ya Jo, hope it goes well and triggers support.

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