THE public is being urged to show support for workers in the retail industry today as part of a campaign to recognise the value of their work to the economy and local communities.
Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has launched the first of what will be an annual National Retail Workers’ Day, celebrating the work of the millions of people employed in the sector.
Usdaw activists across the country will hold regional events in stores and shopping centres asking the public to show their support for shopworkers.
General secretary Paddy Lillis said: “Today we are celebrating the role of retail workers, who undertake an essential role in our communities and our economy.
“It is only right that retail workers are a part of this positive event and enjoy good relations with the communities they serve.
“This day of appreciation adds to our year-round campaigning for the government to deliver improved workers’ rights and negotiating with employers for better terms and conditions.”