One in eight employees in the UK has experienced violence at work, a survey by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has revealed. The study also showed that one in five of those who have experienced violence have work have had it happen more than ten times.
The TUC found that hospital, teaching and retail staff were particularly hit by workplace violence. Of the health workers surveyed, 22% had experienced brutality at work, with one in eight education workers witnessing violence.
"Workplace violence is far too common in the UK," TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said. "These disturbing findings show that millions of people are likely to experience violence and intimidation at some point in their working life."
"There is no excuse for physically assaulting someone. Workplaces must be safe for everyone," O'Grady added. The TUC is urging unions to step up and stop abuse at work, as well as aid victims.
"We need strong unions working with employers to combat unacceptable behaviour and protect workers – and anyone worried about violence in their workplace should join a union today," O'Grady said.
Poller YouGov surveyed 1,642 working adults for the TUC. The survey was undertaken between 1 and 2 February 2016, all online.