RMT wants ‘zero-tolerance’ on railway staff abuse

Britain’s biggest rail union has renewed its call for action to stem the increase of attacks on railway staff.

As a major ‘Hands off our staff’ publicity campaign was launched by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “We welcome this campaign and any positive initiative to stem the rising tide of physical and verbal assaults our members have to endure.

“We need a zero-tolerance policy from all rail employers, and a properly resourced and responsive transport police.”

TSSA, the UK’s second largest rail union, has also welcomed the campaign tackling the rising tide of assaults against railway staff.

The union’s general secretary Gerry Doherty said: “We welcome any move to protect rail staff, who often bear the brunt of the public’s frustration with poor services on the railway.

“Even the threat of violence can be a source of considerable stress for these staff, as our research has shown.”

There are fears that the rail industry will face calls for huge increases in holiday entitlement due to the stressful nature of their jobs.

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