By Ben Simmons

As many as 1 in 7 women feel intimidated or threatened travelling to or from work, a survey by USDAW union commissioned for International Women’s Day reveals.

As a result of the survey, the Union has launched a campaign to provide its members and Reps with advice and support on how they can make journeys to and from work safer, advice that includes how to raise concerns and negotiate with employers on the issue.

"For the vast majority of workers, travelling to and from work is a safe experience, although at times it can be frustrating and expensive,” said John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary. “However, it is of great concern to Usdaw and it should be for employers and policymakers that such a significant number of workers, whether they are women or men, can feel unsafe on their way to and from work."

"Usdaw has led the way in campaigning to improve safety at work for our members through, for example, our very successful Freedom From Fear campaign against violence and abuse. But it's clear we also need to campaign to reduce any fear of travelling to and from work and do all we can to try and make those journeys safer."

"As the relentless drive to a 24/7 society continues unabated, this issue is going to have to be addressed more seriously by employers, policymakers and politicians, particularly as evidence is beginning to emerge that the impact of government spending cuts is actually making the situation worse."


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