Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has appealed to members of the public to be courteous to frontline shop workers and those involved in the service industries. Her call comes after concerns that people working in those sectors and who are trying to struggle with a massive workload due to the Covid19 pandemic have been the subject to verbal abuse in recent days.
She also said her party has been in contact with many businesses in the city over the weekend following concerns not enough health and safety measures have been put in place for physical distancing and other issues.
Martina Anderson said “We have all heard of incidents over the weekend were hard pressed workers in shops across the city have been verbally abused as they tried to serve the public as best they can.
“This is totally unacceptable, these workers are doing long hours in very trying circumstances to keep our city going and they should not have to take abuse because the queue is a bit longer than usual or an item is out of stock.
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“Several of our elected representatives also received concerns that some businesses hadn’t enough measures in place to deal with physical distancing or providing the likes of gloves for staff.
“We have been in contact with the management at a number of supermarkets in the city to discuss these issues. They have responded very positively and informed us that they are working fast to ensure that new measures are put in place to deal with this.