Shopworkers union\u00a0Usdaw\u00a0has urged customers to respect staff and employers to ensure safety in stores, as shops are allowed to reopen from today (15 June).\r\n\r\nThe news comes\u00a0as Usdaw released statistics revealing one in six shop workers have suffered abuse on every shift, during the coronavirus pandemic.\r\n\r\nThe statistics revealed 62% of the 4,928 shopworkers surveyed have experienced verbal abuse, with almost a third being threatened by a customer. Usdaw also revealed 4% of employees were assaulted, which amounts to more than 3,500 every day when averaged across all retail workers.\r\n\r\nPaddy Lillis, Usdaw general secretary, said: \u201cThe safety of our members and the public is our\u00a0top priority, so Usdaw worked with the\u00a0British\u00a0Retail Consortium (BRC) on joint safety guidance for shops.\r\n\r\n\u201cRetailers have to publish risk assessments and implement robust safety measures before they reopen and we urge employers to work with the union to ensure their staff have a proper say in that process.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cImportantly shops should not be allowed to remain open if retailers do not follow the guidance and operate safely. We will continually monitor the situation and support our members as they return to work.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cHowever, safety in stores needs customer cooperation and I am shocked that abuse of shopworkers has doubled during the coronavirus emergency.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt is a disgrace that a minority behave this way, at a time when we should be pulling together to get through this appalling pandemic. At no time should abuse be a part of the job. Shopworkers deserve respect.\u201d\r\n\r\nEarlier this month, the union condemned government plans to let supermarkets open for 24 hours a day on Sundays as \u201ca slap in the face\u201d for key workers.\r\n\r\nThe news comes as the government is considering trading laws limiting supermarket Sunday opening times to six hours, in an attempt to boost the economy.\r\n\r\nThe union said its members were already under \u201chuge pressures\u201d due to the Covid-19 pandemic.