Last year 1682 people were threatened with or subjected to violence at work. 1243 were subjected to violence and suffered injuries, while 439 received threats of violence, according to new figures from Statistics Norway.
– For most of the groups we organize, three out of ten are victims of violence and threats. This is something we’ve been working towards doing away with for decades.
When we look at the surveys with respondents who work in the municipal child welfare, child welfare institutions and services for developmentally the last twelve years, we see that six out of ten of the people working in those fields state that they have been subjected to violence or threats.
The average in Norwegian working places viewed together is at 7.5 per cent, head of the Joint Union, Mimmi Kvisvik, says to P4.
The organization believes that more systematic measures need to be in place in order to prevent this, both for preventing such acts of violence from happening in the first place and, when such acts have happended, for followup to prevent them from happening again.
They want a separate set of regulations in the Working Environment Act which imposes stricter requirements on employers than today.
– It is a question of evaluating the staffing, expertise, organization and leadership overall. That’s what can help to prevent threats and acts of violence, Kvisvik says.
55 percent of those who were subjected to violence in the workplace last year were health workers, according to the statistics.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today