64% of German railway employees face violence, hostility: Survey

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64% of German railway employees face violence, hostility: Survey

Employees of German railway companies are often exposed to violence and verbal abuse, according to a survey, reported dpa.

According to the railway and transport union (EVG), which commissioned the survey, 64% of employees stated that they had suffered violence or hostility in the past 12 months.

Another 38% complained that they had been insulted several times a month. More than one in three feel unsafe at work, the survey shows.

In February, almost 4,000 train attendants, station service staff and hotline employees responded to the EVG's online survey about their experiences of violence at work.

"This study clearly and drastically confirms that our colleagues are already exposed to increasing dangers on a daily basis," said Ralf Damde, head of the general works council of Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio, according to the union's press release.

According to its own figures, Germany's state-owned railway operator Deutsche Bahn recorded 3,144 assaults on its employees last year. In the previous year, there were 3,161 incidents.

According to the information, almost two thirds of the assaults involved train staff on regional services. As a consequence, the company announced that it would expand the use of bodycams. These devices have proven to be very effective when used by security staff and train attendants.

With a view to the European Football Championship, Damde demanded immediate measures from the railway. He sees imminent safety risks in contact between railway staff and fans.

"We are calling for staff planning according to the dangers posed by rival crowds of fans on buses and trains," he said. Double staffing and sufficient security personnel are needed for the months of June and July 2024, he added.

Violence on the way to and from the stadium must be effectively countered, Damde said. If the railway fails to act, the union has not ruled out strikes during the European Championships.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

7 Comments
  1. AnnaJohnson says

    As a frequent train traveler in Germany, it’s disheartening to hear about the high percentage of railway employees facing violence and hostility. Everyone deserves to feel safe at work. It’s crucial for the railway companies to take immediate action to ensure the well-being of their staff.

  2. EmilySmith says

    It is truly concerning to see that such a high percentage of German railway employees are facing violence and hostility. Employers need to take immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff.

  3. SophiaSmith says

    It’s truly concerning to hear that 64% of German railway employees have faced violence or hostility in the past year. The safety and well-being of these workers should be a top priority for the company, and immediate action needs to be taken to address this alarming issue.

  4. EmilySmith says

    Do the German railway companies have specific protocols in place to address and prevent these incidents of violence and hostility against their employees?

    1. DavidMiller says

      Hi EmilySmith, in response to your question, German railway companies do have specific protocols in place to address and prevent incidents of violence and hostility against their employees. These protocols include training programs for staff members, security measures at stations and onboard trains, as well as reporting procedures to ensure timely intervention in case of any security concerns. However, as the survey results indicate, there is still a significant number of employees facing such issues, highlighting the need for continuous improvement and reinforcement of safety measures in the railway sector.

  5. EmilySmith says

    As a former railway employee myself, it’s truly disheartening to hear about the rising levels of violence and hostility faced by my colleagues in Germany. It’s crucial for railway companies to prioritize the safety and well-being of their staff, implementing effective measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

  6. EmilySmith says

    Do you think additional security measures will help reduce the incidents of violence towards railway employees in Germany?

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