"I thank Minister Lake for taking up my call to action and inviting a wide range of health care workers, management and specialists to exchange frank ideas about the scope of the problem, and pathways to prevention." — Val Avery, HSABC President
Over 20 years only a few of the over 700 recommendations from 58 reports have ever been put into action.
“Even though they work in an often hostile environment, they shouldn’t have to fear for their safety at work.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
“When workers are fearful of the very people they are there to help because they don’t have enough staff and resources, how can they deliver high quality care to their patients?” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
In Canada, there is no policy in place on intimate partner violence or sexual assault, and we do not have a national action plan to address violence against women. This must change.
Violence in the workplace, workload, health and safety issues are just a few major challenges community social service workers face.
"When governments don't invest in national programs that support families, children are the ones that suffer most." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“The employer’s first priority should be to ensure a safe workplace. They have a legal obligation to eliminate the risk of violence to workers. Violence is not acceptable at any workplace.” — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
"This bill will provide long-needed protection from harassment, discrimination and violence. This bill has the ability to make the lives of many, many people safer. We must do everything we can to support it." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.