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AWU Statement – AWU continues to stand strong on the safety of health workers

December 30, 2020

AWU Statement – AWU continues to stand strong on the safety of health workers

30 December 2020

Media Statement

The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) continues to fight to ensure that the safety of visitors, patients and staff at Queensland Health Facilities remain a top priority.

AWU Queensland Branch Secretary Steve Baker states any plans to increase the security for health workers while at work is welcomed by the AWU and needed.

“Hospital Security Officers provide the frontline protections for staff and the general public to ensure their safety against being verbally abused, spat on, threatened or physically assaulted,” Steve said.

“Though the AWU is not aware of the incident reported over the weekend we are aware Queensland Health staff continue to see violence in the workplace.

“AWU members have reported an steep increase in attacks on health workers and an escalation in the aggressiveness of the assaults.

“AWU Members in Queensland Health perform a vital role in caring for people while they are at their most vulnerable. Health workers deserve to go to work knowing that they will be able to go home safe and well at the end of their shift.”

“Whether it’s in increase in Hospital Security Officers or onsite Police precincts, the AWU supports action on violence at Queensland Health facilities.”

Steve Baker says the AWU is committed and will be continuing to fight to protect the safety of all workers.

Assaults on any members of the union or the general community are unacceptable.

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