Safety at work continues to be a key priority of the RTBU.
We have met with stakeholders regarding strengthening safety measures against assaults, better using data and increasing public awareness through advertising campaigns.
As Delegates, HSRs, and Members we must maintain the pressure on companies to provide meaningful data on assaults across the network, to not only listen but consult thoroughly with Members to implement concrete solutions.
A big part of this is reporting. Members must make sure they report all incidents, no matter how big or small. This enables all involved to access the support they need and so that we have accurate data on the prevalence and nature of workplace assaults in our industry.
It cannot be considered “just a part of the role” to go to work and face abuse. As a union, we must use our collective voice to ensure that employers uphold their duty of care to provide a safe workplace for all frontline workers who keep the network running every day.
There is a long road ahead as we look to overhauling companies’ attitudes and responses towards assaults on the network. However, just as the RTBU Members of the past have paved the way for the conditions we have today, we will keep up the fight for an industry where no one has to feel unsafe and unsupported at work.
Over the last few years, we have engaged with OH&S reps to be part of the safety campaign, ensuring that Members are consulted and represented every step of the way. HSRs have been integral to our wins so far, such as successfully lobbying Metro to properly staff stations, resisting their attempts to drive profits at the expense of the safety of all frontline workers.
The RTBU will continue to provide training for HSRs, giving them the skills to lead the fight as advocates for the physical and psychological health and safety of their fellow workers. Please reach out to your Organiser or contact the RTBU office if you are interested in becoming more active and involved in your union.
Put your hand up when HSR, Delegate and Women’s Advocate elections are being held for your workgroup, encourage fellow members to put their hands up and contribute your ideas and passion to this campaign and so many more. To simply find out more about how you can be more involved, contact the union office or your organiser today.
The more Members we have who put their hand up, the more strength we have as a union to fight this battle, and any future battles we may face!