Moray MP Douglas Ross visited the Co-op store on Coulardbank Road in Lossiemouth recently to show his support for local shopworkers as part of a national campaign highlighting the abuse faced by retail workers in shops and supermarkets.
Commenting, Douglas said: “It was great to be in Lossiemouth to speak with staff about the challenges they faced during the height of the pandemic and to thank them for everything they did keeping our shelves fully stocked. As we enter the run-up to the busy festive period, they will again be working flat out to help customers and make sure the shoppers get what they are looking for.
“Sadly, however, there are still too many threats and acts of violence made against retail staff and it is completely unacceptable. That is why I was happy to show my support for their work and the efforts being taken to stamp out the abuse they face.
“In August this year a new law was introduced in Scotland which protects shopworkers from violence, threats and abuse.
“While we live in a generally safe, low crime area, it is unacceptable for any shop worker to face threats or violence.
“Products can be replaced, and stores repaired, but violent crime in shops often has a shocking and lasting impact on those subjected to this abuse. I hope everyone in Moray continues to respect the great staff we have in our local shops and supermarkets as they continue to work hard in stores across the area.”