Workplace violence is a complex issue; however, the bottom line is that no one should have to go to work on a daily basis expecting to be assaulted.
Occupational Health and Safety
“Correctional officers have some of the toughest jobs in the province, and our members are proud of their role. But no one should have to fear for their safety when they go to work.” ― Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
The “alarming but not surprising” survey reveals physical violence, verbal abuse, and sexual harassment, poor staffing levels, and inadequate management support.
Correctional officers from adult and youth facilities have been sounding the alarm for months on the growing number of violent incidents inside these jails.
"We believe that this decision sends a strong message to other employers in Nova Scotia and are hopeful that this employer will finally take staff safety concerns seriously." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“This is public service at its finest. These frontline workers are travelling away from their homes and their families, potentially putting themselves in harm’s way, in order to help others in their time of need." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is working hard to ensure that domestic violence is recognized as a workplace issue, to ensure that employers live up to their obligations, and to break the barriers of silence and isolation that come with domestic violence.
The Day of Action is part of an intensive 8-day lobbying campaign to restore fairness to B.C.'s labour laws.
The videos may be only 30 seconds but iit sends a serious and direct message: "Don't be that guy."
"Minister Bains just announced amendments to Bill 9 that will extend occupational disease and personal injury presumption to wildfire fighters — a long-overdue and hard won recognition of the technically, physically, and mentally challenging work that they do every day to protect lives and property across the province." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President