£28m compensation for public sector

Posted 8th January 2010

The UK’s biggest public sector trade union has won more than £28 million for its members and their families in personal injury compensation in 2009, according to figures.

 

More than 3,700 cases were fought for topics as diverse as assaults and road accidents, said Unison, which cited falls, slips and back injuries as the most numerous workplace injuries.

 

Dave Prentis, Unison’s general secretary, said he was concerned that employers failed to take health and safety regulations seriously enough to avoid accidents among their staff.

 

He said: 'This £28 million represents a huge amount of pain and suffering by members and their families. Our members work in many different areas – nurses, social workers, care workers, dinner ladies, teaching assistants and librarians – but what they all have in common is that their jobs are never considered to be dangerous.

 

'These statistics show that in the worst cases, members are left severely disabled and others are forced to give up work, through injury.'

 

Original Article: Legal and Medical

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