Violence in The Workplace


OPSEU campaign tackles issue of violence in the workplace

Workshops planned for union members across Ontario

Toronto (14 March 2008) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union  has launched a campaign to end violence in the workplace.

The first in a series of workshops, entitled Acting Together Against Workplace Violence, will be held April 25 at the union's office at 31 Wellesley St. East, Toronto.

The campaign, by OPSEU's Community Services Divisional Council, involves members who work in developmental services, children’s aid societies, BPS corrections, community agencies, child and family services, child care and child treatment centres.

"We’re organizing workshops, one per OPSEU region, to talk about how we can use our rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to mobilize collectively in our workplaces to challenge workplace violence," the union says in a notice published on its website.

The workshops will have the following elements:

Sharing the experience of violence and reflecting on the risk factors, hazards and systemic issues that contribute to it.
Presenting the findings of recent studies, including an OPSEU telephone survey.
Learning to use rights under OHSA to enforce a safe workplace.
Practicing writing effective recommendations as joint health and safety committees and worker health and safety representatives.
Developing collective strategies in the workplace to get action from employers and the provincial government on workplace violence.