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08.03.13

Domestic violence policy launched for rail industry

Rail union RMT has launched a new model domestic violence policy framework for the UK transport industry today – International Women’s Day.

At the annual women’s conference in Nottingham, the RMT will outline principles for employers to recognise domestic violence as a workplace issue and publish procedures for swift reporting, delivering a safe and supportive environment and promoting the policy amongst staff.

Steps will also be made clear to support any member of the union who is suffering domestic violence.

Janet Cassidy, chair of RMT’s National Women’s Advisory Committee, said: “It is important for this policy to be launched across the transport industry, especially on International Women's Day.

“Women need to know that support is there and that violence towards women and children will not be tolerated. Don't keep it to yourself speak out. Help is there.”

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “This Model Domestic Violence Policy isn’t just words on paper, it is a working document aimed at protecting and supporting those subjected to domestic violence and RMT expects it to be endorsed and fully-implemented by employers across the transport sector.

“Delivering a safe and supportive working environment has to be an over-riding priority for staff and employers alike.”

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