York Labour Women’s Forum has been working with USDAW, the shopworkers union, to highlight the risks shop workers are being exposed to in our stores and supermarkets. Government guidance is that people should shop for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
To protect workers and shoppers, stores need to follow suitable practices.These include limiting customer numbers in store, marking floors to enforce two-metre spacing, reducing the number of tills in operation to provide greater distance, encouraging contactless payment, regular and ongoing cleaning throughout and, importantly personal protective equipment (PPE) including screens and protective clothing for all staff, including cleaners and maintenance.
Supermarket practices have got better. But some shopworkers are still reporting being put at risk due to poor management practices, including the lack of hygiene, poor PPE, not enforcing strict social distancing and a lack of control on customer behaviour.
A spokesperson for the York Labour Women’s Forum said:
“Our campaign thanks shopworkers and all the people keeping us supplied and fed. We want to encourage people to see supermarkets and stores as the other frontline and to respect sta ff for the vital services they provide – and most of all to protect them and keep them safe. And we want to remind supermarkets of their responsibilities to everyone.”
Together with USDAW they have produced a window poster which can be accessed from this site (see below) to print off. There is a colour version and a monochrome colour yourself version for those who don’t have a colour printer or would rather not use up their coloured ink.
“We are asking local people to support our campaign, by displaying the posters and also being a ‘shopwatch’, feeding back to us your experiences of shopping in the stores and supermarkets in York, and highlighting any poor and unsafe practices.”
You can send feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The colour version of the poster can be found here.
The monochrome version of the poster can be found here.