UNISON Scotland wants to end violent
attacks on public service workers
UNISON Scotland has supported Hugh Henry, Labour
MSP for Paisley South, in bringing forward the Protection
of Workers (Scotland) Bill. This will make it an offence
for anyone to assault a public service worker carrying out their
job or because of the job they do.
You can help by urging your MSPs (including
your regional list MSPs) to support the Bill
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Campaign to end violence against workers
UNISON Scotland has always been at the forefront of the
campaign against violence on workers.
We were instrumental in pursuing legislation through
the Scottish Parliament to protect Emergency Workers. The Emergency
Workers (Scotland) Act, 2006 made it a specific offence to attack
or hinder an emergency worker in performance of their duties.
UNISON argued that the Act should not just cover the traditional
“blue light” services of police, fire-fighters and ambulance personnel
and Parliament extended the Act to cover all workers in acute
hospitals. To date over 800 successful prosecutions have been
brought under that Act.
However, this still leaves many thousands of staff who are not
protected, such as social workers, parking attendants, environmental
workers, classroom assistants and many more. UNISON’s 2010 Violence
at Work survey found over 28,000 incidents where staff in the
public sector were violently assaulted or threatened at their
work during the past year.
UNISON Scotland is unhappy that the Economy, Energy and Tourism
Committee has recommended the Bill be rejected at the Stage 1
debate in the Scottish Parliament. The committee is doing this
on the grounds that the status quo is adequate. If the Bill is
rejected at Stage 1 it will fall. We are campaigning to persuade
MSPs to support the Bill and allow it to go through to its second
UNISON Scotland is very pleased to support Hugh Henry MSP with
this bill and would urge all Members of the Scottish Parliament
to vote for it to continue to the next stage when it is debated
on Wed 22 Dec 2010.
Find more on the Protection
of Workers (Scotland) Bill at the Scottish Parliament website