Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council

Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council

July 30, 2009 09:30 ET

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) supports safety shields

The ATU Canadian Council, the largest Transit, Inter-City, Para-Transit and School Bus Union in Canada, supports saftey shields being installed on buses

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - Robin West, the Director of the (ATU) Amalgamated Transit Union-Canada representing over 30,000 transit workers across Canada supports the installation of driver's safety shields on buses. An ATU survey done in 2005 show that 36% of transit workers have been physically assaulted during their career.

Canadian transit systems reported 1,626 assaults against transit workers in 2007 and reported 2,064 assaults in 2008, an increase of 438 assaults.

"With the increase in assaults of transit workers, action has to be taken to protect operators. I applaud those transit properties in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto that are installing safety shields and encourage the others transit properties to follow suit. Operators are assaulted on a daily bases and safety shields can only help to reduce those assaults." says Robin West ATU Canadian Director.

West says, "Safety shields is just one step to reduce assaults on transit workers, another is to install video cameras on buses to deter those that would assault operators and to prosecute those that do. Yet another is for the Government to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to increase the punishment for assaulting public transit workers, so it is the same as assaulting peace officers, firefighters or ambulance attendance."

IN: JUSTICE, LABOUR, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Robin West, Canadian Director, Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian Council
    Primary Phone: 416-806-7620
    E-mail: director@atucanada.ca