UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector
workers by issuing a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to employers of UNISON members in the public sector since 2006.
The survey asks employers to tell us the total number of assaults which have been
reported in the latest year for which they have information. This year’s survey was carried out from July to October 2018 by e-mail.
The aggregated returns for our survey show that there were 40,568 assaults in total reported in the most recent year.
Assaults on local government workers account for half of this total – an aggregate of 20,208 in the most recent year under report.
Health Boards reported a total of 18,225 assaults on NHS workers in their latest annual returns.
The total number in our annual survey has been over 40,000 since 2016 – which is double the 20,000 assaults reported by public sector employers in our first violence at work survey in 2006.
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