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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 Sector.

"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 workers."


[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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