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USDAWUnion of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers
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"I was first appointed to Usdaw's staff by Garfield.
USDAW general secretary Paddy Lillis said: "The need for urgent action is undeniable.
"It is really important that all of us support this campaign and I ask that people consider the hard work that Usdaw members do.
"Usdaw is seeking the longest possible break for retail staff over the Christmas and New Year period, to provide shopworkers with a breather during this very busy time."
Usdaw divisional officer Mike Aylward said: "Our members are on the floor after hearing the truth about this morally bankrupt decision to close Aintree and Bolton.
Mrs Cox said: "It's sad to think in this day and age that this sort of campaign would be necessary, but unfortunately it is and I hope the government will listen carefully to what Usdaw members are saying and take steps to protect retail workers from abuse."
The meeting heard from two Usdaw members, Barry from Rochdale and Grace from Blackpool, assaulted in the course of their duties as well as other cases from conference delegates attending the event.
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary, said: "We are delighted that Jack took the time to come and talk to our members who are campaigning for greater protection against assault for workers.
A survey of almost 2,000 workers by shopworkers' union Usdaw showed that four per cent had been the victim of an attack, the sas s me as last year, although one in six had not made a complaint.
The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), which represents shop workers, has not welcomed the move, claiming that it will set a precedent for deregulation.
The shopworkers union Usdaw said it won the compensation following an employment tribunal, where it claimed the administrators had failed in their legal duty to consult with the union before making redundancies.
Shop workers' union Usdaw condemned the closure, at short notice, of the chain's Wavertree distribution centre.