Labor’s trade union officers are in a precarious position in the face of the growing number of police brutality cases and the increasingly violent behaviour of their members.
They are facing a growing number from the state.
As a result, there is increasing pressure to address the issue of workplace violence, with the union representing about 20,000 employees in the public sector.
The issue is also affecting those in the private sector, with many businesses looking to recruit from overseas as a way to recruit more members.
AAP/ABC News 15/15 Unions, community service workers in Australia, and other workers in the same sector, have been targeted by violence and bullying during the peak years of the global financial crisis.
It’s been reported that the majority of domestic violence and sexual abuse cases are not being reported to police.
It has been estimated that 1 in 5 women and 2 in 5 men will experience physical violence in their lifetime.
In 2016, there were approximately 5,000 recorded workplace violence cases.
It is estimated that there were 6,000 sexual abuse incidents, and that 2.5 million men and women were victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The majority of the cases were in the financial sector.
In fact, some businesses reported a rise in business closures.
Many workers are afraid to speak out and may not get support from the employer.
In 2018, the Labor Party introduced a bill to improve workplace safety and wellbeing.
The legislation, The Violence Against Women Act, provides greater protection for victims and their families.
The Government is also supporting a campaign called One Night Stand to encourage people to come forward and report their experiences of workplace abuse.
It will be launched on Friday.
Labor Party Trade Union representative, Tony Pang, told the ABC that the problem of workplace harassment is becoming more common.
“In the private industry, it’s a lot more prevalent,” he said.
“I have a number of women in my office who have experienced harassment from a number different organisations.”
Workers in the trade union have been contacted by police about incidents, but the vast majority are unaware of the problem and it is difficult to come to grips with it, Mr Pang said.
Mr Pangs department has already seen a rise of harassment from members and associates of the public, with some employers reporting that they had received complaints about their employees in their workplace.
“They say, ‘It’s my fault’,” Mr Pangu says.
“And the problem is that it’s just so easy to ignore it.”
He says there is a lack of support from employers for victims of workplace bullying, with one organisation that Mr Pags has worked with in the past receiving only a single complaint.
“So many people say they’re so scared of what’s happening in the work place, but what they don’t realise is there’s a whole culture of misogyny, a whole cultural shift in society that is creating this atmosphere of violence against women,” he says.
Mr Pant’s office has also received a number a complaints about members of the trade unions, including about threats and harassment.
“We’ve had a number, some of them were so disturbing,” Mr Pant says.
He says the majority have been made aware of the issue through the trade Union’s social media accounts, but he is unsure if the incidents have been reported to the police.
“It’s not something we’re actively doing, but we have a team of officers on the ground who are actively looking into it,” Mr Pans union representative says.
One of the issues is that the Labor Government’s workplace violence and harassment legislation does not extend to those working in the commercial sector.
Mr Papacopulos office is currently working on a report on the issue, which will be presented to the Labor Federal Government’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Status of Women next week.