Translink staff in Ulsterbus, Metro and NI Rail will wear white ribbons for sixteen days
Campaign to be launched at Metro Station, Queen Street, Belfast tomorrow (Wednesday, 25th November) at 11.30am
Unite Equality Officer, Taryn Trainor, welcomed the strength of support coming from both the workforce and management for the Union’s White Ribbon campaign to mark United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:
“Last year, Unite encouraged members from across private sector workplaces to wear the white ribbon and support our campaign. We are now extending our campaign through the support of both management and our membership in Translink.
“There is a growing recognition that women working in public transport are at particular risk of violence and gendered abuse. It is great to have such strong management support for our campaign.
“Tomorrow’s launch will bring together representatives of the bus and rail workforce, senior Translink management and Women’s Aid representatives to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. As part of our campaign, Translink workers will then wear white ribbons for sixteen days until December 10th which is International Human Rights Day”, Ms Trainor concluded.
The Unite chair of the Metro bus drivers, Michael Dornan, indicated his support for the initiative:
“As a representative of bus drivers, I am all too aware of the fact that women drivers are subjected to gendered abuse. There can be no excuse for any form of violence against women. Unite’s members stand full square behind this campaign. Our members work in every corner of Northern Ireland, by wearing these white ribbons we will be sending the message out loud and clear: violence against women will not be tolerated”, Mr Dornan concluded.