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GMB Calls On Labour Party Conference To Rally Behind Protect Our Protectors Bill

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Union calls for backing of move to make assaults on emergency workers in the line of duty an aggravated offence.

GMB, the union for public service workers, today called on Labour Party Conference to back an initiative to protect emergency services workers as they do their duty.

Assaults against our emergency services are at record highs.

1,000 firefighters, 2,400 paramedic and over 2.4 million assaults on police officers last year.

GMB says this is yet more evidence MPs should support Chris Bryant’s Assault on Emergency Staff Bill, which would make assaulting emergency workers in the execution of their duty an aggravated offence.

Addressing Labour Party Conference, Andy Irving, GMB National President for Manufacturing said:

“This year we have seen the very best of our emergency services and we have been completely humbled by their bravery.  Frontline workers are increasingly finding themselves in vulnerable situations and all too often security at work is far from a reality.

“We can do something about it today. MPs and trade unions are fighting for a change in the law so that any assault on emergency services is an aggravated offence.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk??
 

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