Union survey shows abuse of council staff increasing in North-east

Ritchie Johnson said the council has a zero tolerance approach to abuse of staff.

Local authority workers in the North-east have been the victims of hundreds of violent incidents.

The issue was revealed in trade union UNISON’s annual violence at work survey.

It showed a jump in the number of violent incidents on staff working for Aberdeen City Council from 227 in 2014 to 742 in 2016.

At Aberdeenshire Council, the number increased from 446 in 2015 to 736 in 2016.

A UNISON spokesman said: “The figures reported by Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils are unfortunately consistent with the overall numbers of violent attacks across local government and other public services.

“The level of violence against public service workers is completely unacceptable. Even one violent incident would be one too many.”