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VIOLENCE aboard V/Line trains means the conductors should work only in pairs, like police, their union says.
According to figures seen by the Herald Sun, between January 2015 and May this year 31 V/Line frontline staff were assaulted and 213 were verbally abused.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union is also pushing for a security overhaul on trains.
It wants all V/Line carriages equipped with first-aid kits, break-glass arms that dial emergency services, intercoms to alert drivers, and improvements to Wi-Fi.
The union held crisis talks with Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan this week. It told her of attacks on conductors, including the following:
A THUG, resisting efforts to calm him after he kicked a passenger in the stomach and another in the head, punched the conductor in the face and broke his knee;
A MAN threatened to rape a female conductor and stalked her through the carriages, trying to touch her inappropriately, forcing her to lock herself inside a compartment;
A MAN told to stop drinking alcohol kicked the conductor in the groin and stomach before running from the train;
A GANG of youths, told to stop holding the train doors open, turned on the conductor, punching him in the face.
The union wants the State Government to adopt a rule that conductors travel “two up” on all V/Line trains, as police highway patrol officers do statewide.
RTBU branch secretary Luba Grigorovitch said conductors working alone early in the morning and late at night were vulnerable.
“We cannot stand by and hope things start to improve. Funding for smarter staffing arrangements needs to be actioned before anyone else is seriously injured at work,” Ms Grigorovitch said.
Ms Allan said the proposal, along with other measures, would be considered by a new working group looking at passenger and staff safety across the V/Line network.
“I recently met with a conductor who was yelled at and threatened, and saw the emotional toll this abuse causes.
“It’s completely unacceptable behaviour that no one should be subjected to at work,” Ms Allan said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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