21 April 2003
UNISON launches Violence Survey
Scotland's largest public sector union, UNISON, have
today launched, what they describe as, the most comprehensive survey
on violence in the public sector and utilities ever carried out
"Violence in the public sector is on the increase,"
said Jim Devine, UNISON's Scottish Organiser.
"Whether they work in the NHS, local authorities
or the utilities, our members report that physical and verbal abuse
is on the increase.
"Recently we have seen one man jailed for head-butting
a nurse in an Accident and Emergency Unit and another jailed for
threatening to fly a plane into a benefit office.
"It is not part of the job to be physically and
verbally abused at work. Therefore, we are today launching the most
comprehensive survey ever carried out in the public sector to determine
the true extent of the problem.
"Our survey will cover various subjects including
racial, sectarian and sexual abuse. Members will be asked to fill
in a questionnaire, contact our website or participate in one-to-one
This survey is part of our Health and Safety Committee's
Zero Tolerance campaign and the results will be launched at our
Conference in June."
[Note to Editor - Copy of survey to print out or
fill in online is on the UNISON's website at http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/safety/violencesurvey.html]