At­tacks on coun­cil work­ers in­crease

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

At­tacks on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil work­ers rose by over a third in the first three months of the fi­nan­cial year.

Fig­ures re­leased last week showed there were 146 in­ci­dents from April, to June in 2016, com­pared with 106 in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod the year be­fore.

The vast bulk of these were classed as‘phys­i­cal’ at­tacks with just 20 be­ing de­scribed as‘ver­bal’.

Teach­ers con­tinue to bear the brunt of con­fronta­tions with 125 re­ported, 119 of which were‘phys­i­cal’.

How­ever, none of the at­tacks recorded were ‘ma­jor’and none led to ab­sences of over three days from work.

The fig­ures went to a em­ployee is­sues fo­rum of coun­cil­lors yes­ter­day.

Over­all ab­sen­teeism rose from 161 for the first three months of 2015/16 to 192 this year.

Be­tween April and June 78 dis­ci­plinary hear­ings were heard with ac­tion be­ing taken on 71 oc­ca­sions with four ap­peals be­ing raised.

This rep­re­sented a de­crease of 33 on the year be­fore.

Only 68 per cent of hear­ings were con­vened within the coun­cil’s own tar­get of six weeks.

Three griev­ances at work cases were raised along with three dig­nity at work cases.

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