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Survey shows shopworkers failing to report assaults
9:14am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
ONE in six shopworkers who suffer an assault at work does not report it, according to a new survey.
The shopworkers’ union Usdaw carried out the survey of violence, threats and abuse against 1,844 workers from around the UK, which also showed that the number of victims of verbal abuse had falled from 61 per cent to 49 per cent since 2012.
Figures also showed threats had fallen from 36 per cent to 34 per cent, but violent attacks have remained static at four per cent, with one in six not reporting the assault.
Last week, The Press reported the Federation Of Small Businesses wanted to create a new category of business crimes, which would specifically deal with crimes in the workplace, to allow police to better correlate the incidents.
John Hannett, general secretary of Usdaw, said: “I was shocked to learn that 17 per cent of shopworkers who were physically assaulted in the workplace did not report the incident, along with a third of those threatened and almost half of those who were verbally abused.”
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