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UNION TAKES ACTION ON VIOLENCE TOWARDS EDUCATION STAFF

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The increasing incidence of violence towards staff in the education sector has been taken up by Educational Institu...
The increasing incidence of violence towards staff in the education sector has been taken up by Educational Institute of Scotland general secretary Ronnie Smith.

In a letter to education directors Mr Smith said:

'I am becoming more and more concerned that incidents of violence towards staff in Scottish education are on the increase. There is little evidence that nay of Scotland's education authorities are addressing this problem adequately and, it appears to me that, the Health and Safety Commission advice is not being given the priority it deserves.

'The commission defines violence as follows (any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted by a student, pupil or member of the public in circumstances arising out of the course of his or her employment) and it appears to me that, on the basis of the above definition, the majority of our members will have been confronted, at some time, with either violence or the threat of violence.

'Hopefully the issue can be addressed adequately and important safeguards introduced to protect staff from this unacceptable and unsavoury aspect of their working lives.'
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