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RMT Conference Transport workers demand same protection as emergency workers amid rising assaults

DELEGATES at the RMT AGM overwhelmingly called today for transport workers to be given the same legislative protection as emergency service staff when it comes to assaults.

Having transport workers covered by the Emergency Workers (Offences) Act would mean stronger sentencing guidelines for offenders at a time when assaults on staff are “through the roof,” according to RMT surveys.

Moving the successful motion, Central Line West delegate Ross Marshall said: “There are a lot of delegates who have been to the rostrum to say how bad assaults have become in the transport industry.

“The latest RMT survey showed that 75 per cent of London Underground staff had experienced an assault at work.

“Several members of my team have end up on long-term sick or on the operating table as a result.

“This motion sends a message that our transport workers are supported in the same way as emergency service staff are.”

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