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Community calls for safer justice sector in Scotland

4th March 2016

Community, the justice sector trade union, has launched its Safe Operating Solutions Charter at an event in the Scottish Parliament.

Community reps Tiffany Gillies and Gary Van Zandt with Kezia Dugdale MSP (centre)With the number of serious assaults on prison staff in Scotland having risen to an all-time high, Community is demanding action from the Scottish Government and those companies running justice services. The Safe Operating Solutions Charter sets out the minimum standards that staff deserve in the justice and custodial sector. By adopting these standards, government and service providers could help reduce violence, ensure proper staffing levels, deliver better training and create a healthy and safe environment for staff and prisoners alike.

This cross-party event was hosted by Community’s General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, with stakeholders from across the justice sector present for the launch. The event heard first-hand accounts from staff on the front line.

Speaking about the Safe Operating Solutions Charter, Roy Rickhuss said: “Staff in Scotland’s justice sector carry out dangerous jobs in very challenging environments. Every day, they place themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe.

“But there is a crisis in the sector with violence against staff at an all-time high. Safety standards are plummeting and budgets are being cut. No one should fear for their safety at work but too often our members are assaulted and abused.

“Community, as the justice sector trade union will seek to work with the Scottish Government and service providers. We want to see our Safe Operating Solutions Charter used as the benchmark to create a safer justice sector in Scotland and will be campaigning hard over the coming months to help achieve that.”


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