Attacks on council workers increase
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.