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Knowsley backs ‘Get me home safely’ campaign

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley councillors are backing the ‘Get me home safely’ campaign, which calls on employers to take reasonable steps to ensure workers get home safely from work at night.

A Notice of Motion agreed by members will call on the council’s Licensing Committee to consider adopting a policy that requires businesses applying for premises licences to ensure the provision of free transport home for night shift employees.

It will also call for transport providers to use the Government’s Safety of Women at Night Fund to offer extra night and off-peak transport services, and for employers to use the fund for taxi travel.

Proposed by Cllr Jayne Aston, and seconded by Cllr Shelley Powell, the Notice of Motion states: “Shift work is widespread in many industries, particularly hospitality, as well as health and care workers, retail, cleaning, security and porter staff and many others, and can often entail late-night working. Many workers, especially women, are increasingly worried about their safety travelling to and from work at night.

“This Council believes that while employers may feel their duty of care to staff ends when an employee finishes a shift, they also need to take into consideration journeys home, especially during unsocial hours. Only 2% of victims go on to report sexual harassment on public transport.

‘Unite the Union’s Get Me Home Safely campaign, which calls on employers to take all reasonable steps to ensure workers can get home safely from work at night, is greatly needed and should be supported.”