With over 150 assaults on front line public transport workers in the past two years, it is time action was taken to protect the workers who keep the system moving.
Emergency service workers who enagage with the public are protected by strict legislation and heavy penalties. It’s time this applied to essential services too!
Why is this important?
No worker deserves to be abused at work. When trains are cancelled or delayed, or simply people are disgruntled by the transport operator, often this anger is taken out on the human face that might sell tickets or provide customer service.
Public Transport workers are proud of the work we do and want to feel safe in serving the community. While this only affects a minority of the population, this legislation will make a big difference to our safety on the job.