Retail chiefs urge government to protect staff following ‘tide of abuse’

Co-op Food boss Jo Whitfield wants Government action to counter violence against retail staff

Some of the biggest names in retail have banded together to call for government action to counter violence and abuse targeted at store staff, which has surged during the pandemic.

Retail leaders including Co-op Food chief executive Jo Whitfield, Boots managing director Seb James, Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock and Marks & Spencer chief executive Steve Rowe were among 23 industry bosses who signed a joint letter urging support for a private members’ bill on the matter.

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