Employees worried about suffering a work assault should join their union immediately, a TUC official has urged.
Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, made the call after the group’s ‘disturbing’ figures show that over one in every eight (12%) staff have suffered this way.
The statistics suggest that almost four million employees have sustained workplace assaults at some stage of their working lives. This supposition is based on a working population of 31 million-plus people.
Ms O’Grady says assaults happen far too frequently in British offices and factories.
She claims the professions most in danger are A&E staff, teachers, nurses, hotel receptionists and shop employees.
The TUC official says staff and strong unions must work together to overcome such ‘unacceptable’ behaviours and safeguard staff.
Many workers have been stabbed
The one out of eight workers who claim they have suffered work violence say they have been stabbed, punched, spat on or pushed among other things.
The biggest-suffering groups are health and medical workers (22% – this equates to around 870,000 staff), education employees (12% or 470,000 people), leisure and hospitality staff (11% or 430,000 workers), shop workers (9%), and manufacturing employees (6%).
One out of five staff admit they have been assaulted 10 times or more.
Leisure staff prone to violence
Ms O’Grady says there is no valid reason for assaults in the leisure industry, NHS or any other industry. She says that Britain’s offices, factories and hospitals should be safe places for all employees.
She calls the new figures ‘disturbing’ as they reveal the number of workers who suffer intimidation and physical assaults amounts to millions.
Union officials have a vital part to play in preventing such incidents and helping members who have become abuse victims, she says.
The TUC-commissioned poll, undertaken by YouGov, has been published as part of the Heartunions week (February 8-14).
This is a nationwide celebration of all things union, especially the achievements of members and representatives. It also gives people a chance to show their appreciation for the movement.
Date Published: February 27, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown