Committee calls for evidence on protection of workers


A Scottish Parliament Committee is calling for evidence as it scrutinises a Bill designed to protect workers against assault.

The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee wants to gather evidence from all interested parties on the general principles of the Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill introduced by Hugh Henry MSP on 1 June 2010.

Committee Convener Iain Smith MSP said: “We want to hear from any individuals or organisations who have a view on the principles of the Bill which is designed to protect workers against assault.”

The purpose of the Bill is to create a new offence of assault against a worker whose employment involves dealing with members of the public to any extent.

It aims to provide protection to such workers by applying similar principles to those contained in the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (EWA) which provides protection to some emergency service and health care workers.

The Bill is in response to wide recognition that there are many workers who provide a service to the public, but are not covered by the EWA, and therefore are vulnerable because of their occupation.

Written evidence – normally of no more than four to six sides of A4 in total – should be submitted no later than 3 September.

The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically (preferably in Microsoft Word format). These should be sent by e-mail to:

You may also send a hard copy of written submissions to:

The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

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