MP encourages Oldhamers to take part in Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry

Date published: 15 January 2021

Oldham West and Royton MP and Chair of the Co-operative Party Jim McMahon is encouraging Oldhamers who are either working in the retail sector or friends and family of those who are to take part in a questionnaire ran by the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the abuse and violence experienced by those working in the retail sector, and as a result they want to hear from those who have experienced these incidents first-hand.

Shopworkers or their friends and family can take part in the anonymous survey by following the link here

Mr McMahon said: “All too often people working in shops in Oldham are faced with abuse and assault that quite frankly isn’t part of the job.

“I’d like to encourage all shop-workers in Oldham to take part and highlight their experiences in the survey before it closes today (Friday) – which should only take a few minutes to complete.

“People working in our shops are literally keyworkers keeping our country going and making sure we all get the food and other supplies we need, the fact that incidents of abuse have increased since the start of the pandemic is shocking.

“I’m hopeful that this inquiry by the Select Committee will finally push the Government to act as so many shopworkers and those in the retail industry have been doing for months now.

“I’ve organised a meeting with Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes with other MPs to discuss what we can do here in Greater Manchester to combat the rise in abuse and assaults of our shopworkers.”

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