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David Ellesmere joins USDAW & East of England Co-op to back Freedom from Fear campaign

Labour Council Leader and Parliamentary candidate, David Ellesmere joined with East of England Co-operative Society staff and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) to back the union's Freedom from Fear campaign in Ipswich.

David said: "East of England Co-operative Society has been at the forefront locally at tackling anti-social behaviour against shop workers, and I'm pleased to join workers and managers from our local Co-op to show my support for the Freedom from Fear campaign."


A recent survey commissioned by USDAW revealed that one in six shopworkers had been assaulted at work.  East of England Co-operative Society not only backs the Freedom from Fear campaign but was also first to sign up to the "Reducing the Strength" initiative which has demonstrably reduced incidents of anti-social behaviour in and around Co-op stores in Ipswich.

"Shopworkers deserve to feel save as they go about their work, and employers have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment. I'm proud to associate myself with our Co-op - a business which takes these responsibilities seriously" says David Ellesmere.

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