5 June 2003
UNISON accuses Scottish Executive of complacency, as survey highlights
extensive violence in public sector, including serious sexual assaults
Scotland's Public Sector union, UNISON, has today accused the Scottish
Executive of complacency following the release of a major survey
which shows that verbal and physical abuse is endemic in the Public
"This reports paints a depressing picture of physical and verbal
abuse that Public Sector workers in Scotland have to endure on a
daily basis," said Jim Devine, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for
Health. "Not only have our members been threatened with weapons
but some have reported serious sexual assaults.
"This survey involving over 1200 members, highlights lack of training,
lack of support and an attitude that seems to suggest that physical
and verbal abuse ‘is part of the job'.
"This complacency stems from the Scottish Executive and its time
for a new strategy to be adopted to protect Scotland's Public Sector
[Note to Editor - The report entitled "Trauma 2003"
will be launched at 11am on Thursday, 5th
June 2003 in the Stirling Royal Infirmary Conference Centre.
Public Sector workers will be available for interview.]
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the full report