CWU bites back
THE union representing postal workers in the UK has welcomed a report that provides hope to workers who live in fear of being attacked by dangerous dogs.
The publication of the Langley Report today is warmly welcomed by the Communication Workers Union which says it is “the catalyst needed to bring action and change” and calls again for the UK’s failing dogs laws to be overhauled without further delay.
CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: “We congratulate Sir Gordon Langley on his excellent inquiry and report which strongly calls on government to change the UK’s failing dogs laws. It is the catalyst needed to bring action and change within Royal Mail where up to 5,000 postal workers suffer dog attacks each year.
“Sir Gordon’s recommendations take on board our own long-standing campaign objectives of securing new UK-wide laws which apply on private property; moving away from breed-specific legislation; introducing microchipping and getting serious when it comes to prosecution and punishment.
“England will soon be the only part of the UK without updated dogs laws as Scotland and Northern Ireland have already introduced new improved legislation and Wales is legislating in the current session. This government has procrastinated and steadfastly refused to act on the issue of dangerous dogs while people continue to suffer serious injuries and lose their lives in dog attacks.”
Dave Joyce, CWU health, safety and environment officer, added: “CWU is pleased that Royal Mail is acting immediately on the report’s recommendations. Postal workers will be relieved that the company will support them if they are attacked by a dog at work and also that the threat of attacks will be taken more seriously and suspensions put in place to prevent attacks occurring in the first place.
“We hope that these actions will help to prevent and reduce the number of dog attacks on postal workers. We also hope that the government listens to yet another well researched and reasoned call for changing the UK’s failing dogs laws.”
CWU’s health, safety and environment officer Dave Joyce gave detailed oral and written evidence to the Langley Inquiry and has also given evidence to DEFRA and EFRA on the subject as part of recent consultations.
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