Defending dog attack victims at Labour
3rd October 2012
Amarjite Singh spoke at Labour
conference today defending CWU members rights against changes to
the criminal injury compensation scheme.
Amarjite, from the South East Wales branch and part of the
union's delegation to the conference spoke specifically about
the large number of dog attacks suffered by CWU members over the
last 5 years. "On average 12 postal workers are attacked every
day by dogs," said Amarjite, explaining that the attacks
occurred on both postal and telecom workers and added: "The
attack is always dangerous but often the victims also suffer from
symptoms of trauma that last long after the event itself".
Speaking on the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) motion calling for a fight against government plans to cut compensation claims for everything below £5000, Amarjite said: "This is yet another government attack on the most vulnerable members of our society".
CWU, along with USDAW and other unions had forced a government climb-down in the House of Commons recently when front bench ministers withdrew a bill to change the criminal injuries compensation scheme but it now seems like the government are about to return to parliament with similar plans.
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Wednesday afternoon's session sees Labour leader Ed Miliband
return to the stage to answer delegate questions on all matters of