Last 21st, the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) invited us to participate as representatives of train drivers in Europe to a seminar to deal, among the different affiliated Spanish unions, with the problem of violence at work.

Violence at work, especially against public sector workers, is a growing phenomenon in Spain and in most EU countries. According to the European Survey of companies on new and emerging risks (ESENER 2) EU-OSHA of 2014, 67% of the Spanish personnel in the education sector and in social services has faced a conflictive public in their daily work. In terms of public administration, the figure stands at 62% according to the ESENER 2 survey.

The ALE, through this type of events, intends to share the current situation in our sector with different sectors, identify good and best practices and manifest the demands of the violence that train drivers suffer in their jobs, in political and legislative demands clear at all levels.

It is necessary to develop effective prevention tools and more efficient legislation that becomes into greater safety and health in the workplace.

In our attempt to make the train drivers community visible at European level and participate in all those forums where safety, the social, labor and economic conditions of train drivers can be affected in some way, we will continue to emphasize that Europe has, in the ALE, the voice and the representation of train drivers.