Home care staff working night shifts in Glasgow are calling on the city council to do more to ensure their safety.
Frontline workers from the city’s Home Care Service say they have been intimidated, threatened and assaulted at night while walking between jobs or waiting for transport to take them home at the end of a shift.
In response, members of GMB Scotland have launched the ‘Safe at Night’ campaign calling on their employer to support new proposals geared towards improving safety at work.
The proposals include dual working arrangements for on foot carers during an ‘out of hours’ service; a pool car to return carers to a direct transport route home; an increased home care coordinator resource during ‘out of hours’ for staff safety.
GMB Scotland Branch Secretary Shona Thomson said: “It’s a modest ask of the council to make sure that home carers feel more safe at night while looking after some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable citizens.
“Many home carers work ‘on foot’ and alone until 10PM each evening. They visit their service users and tend to their needs and well-being before making their own way home, all year round and in all conditions.
“Unfortunately, too many home care staff will have a story to tell about being intimidated, threatened and even assaulted at night while walking between jobs or waiting for transport to take them home at the end of a shift.
“We can do better than this. That’s why we are calling on councillors and service directors to work with us by introducing our three simple improvements to the existing and out-dated working arrangements – and we think that’s something everyone can agree with.”