Paddy Lillis, Usdaw
's general secretary, said: "It is with great sadness that we hear of the loss of our former general secretary, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
says there is a link between the increase in attacks and thefts from shops, and Tory cutbacks on the police, which have resulted in 20,000 frontline officers being lost.
is seeking an urgent meeting with the company to clarify the situation."
Paddy Lillis, General Secretary, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw
Interim results of Usdaw
's Freedom From Fear Survey show that during 2018 six in 10 shopworkers experienced verbal abuse, 37 per cent were threatened by a customer, with over 230 assaulted every day.
general secretary Paddy Lillis said: "Low paid and insecure work is a growing problem and a scourge on society that's holding back economic growth and affecting the well-being of the workforce."
have thousands of members working for M&S and the staff now need, more than ever, the representation and support of an independent trade union.
spokesman said: "Staff in retail work very long hours in the run-up to Christmas.
Webhelp's UK chief executive, David Turner, said: "We've worked closely with Usdaw
and our employee consultative forums to come up with a plan that would keep the contact centres in Bolton and Aintree operating at the same level as they are now.
Mrs Cox met Usdaw
rep and Tesco employee Jonathan Charnock, who said: "Incidents of abuse from customers happen far too often in retail.
John Hannett, Usdaw
general secretary, said: "We have been very disappointed that on three occasions the Government has rejected a proposal to provide stiffer sentences for those who assault workers.
The meeting was organised as part of Usdaw
's Freedom From Fear Campaign.