May 5th: The Unite the union Metro Branch Committee has condemned recent attacks on Translink staff members working on the Glider service in Belfast. In four different anti-social behaviour incidents over recent days, members of staff opening the Glider service have been subject to assault and attacks.
Unite the union, the largest public transport union in the UK and Ireland, expressed its commitment to working with Translink management, the relevant authorities and all stakeholders in tackling antisocial behaviour and preventing further attacks on staff members.
The General Secretary of Unite the union, Sharon Graham, condemned the attacks:
“The safety and security of public transport staff is of the utmost importance. It is unacceptable for any worker to be subjected to abusive or violent behaviour in the course of their employment.
“Unite the union stands in solidarity with Translink staff and appreciate their commitment to ensuring safe and reliable transportation for all people. Violence and abuse towards staff members is intolerable and our union will not allow this to continue.”
Albert Hewitt, Unite Industrial and Community Officer, is engaging with Translink management to end the attacks on staff members delivering a vital public service.
“By working together, we can create a safer working environment for Translink staff and make public transportation a safe and reliable service for all. Attacks on public transport staff are unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
“We urge anyone who has witnessed or experienced attacks on Translink staff to report the incident to the police immediately. We need to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and work towards a safe and secure public transport system that benefits everyone”.