Media release: E tū and PSA members at parliament want protestors gone

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Union members who work at parliament are calling for an end to intimidation, harassment and violence from the protestors who are occupying Parliament grounds.

A survey this week of members who work in the parliamentary precinct showed over 90 percent of members were either ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about the protest and the impact it is having on their health and safety.

E tū and PSA have many different groups of members at parliament, including cleaners, security, Parliamentary Service staff, Ministerial Services staff, Office of the Clerk and DPMC staff and MPs.

The most common reason for concern was worry about the physical safety of their colleagues. Other reasons included worrying about their own safety, being harassed while travelling to and from work, and the safety and wellbeing of children at the protest and in the community around Parliament.

Nearly half of respondents reported being verbally harassed on their way to and from work. Women and younger workers were more likely to be harassed. Six percent of respondents had been physically harassed and over 80 percent knew someone who had been.

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There was strong support that the protest should end and protesters be removed from the surrounding streets.

“Imagine it – weeks of people camped outside your workplace targeting you and your colleagues for doing your jobs,” E tū organiser, Anaru Ryall says.

“While almost everyone finds the protests annoying and frustrating, many are finding it genuinely scary, as some of the protesters call for executions and other violence.

“On top of that, they are calling for removal of the public health measures that have kept us safe and continue to keep us from worst effects of the pandemic that we have seen overseas. The level of disinformation about the vaccine is deeply concerning.

“E tū strongly supports the Government’s vaccine roll out plan and urges the protesters to leave peacefully now, and please get vaccinated.”

PSA organiser, David Coates agrees, “Everyone supports the right to protest, to democratically express our views. Nobody disputes that. But these public health measures are in place to keep us ALL safe. To suggest otherwise is a disturbing aspect of the wider spread of disinformation.

“PSA supports the vaccination programme as an important aspect of the Covid-19 response and urges the protesters to leave peacefully and, in the interests of all, to get vaccinated.

“I am sure the results of this survey reflect the concerns of workers throughout the city.

“The impacts of the harassment, verbal and physical abuse, and general intimidation has an obvious and concerning impact on mental wellbeing. This occupation is affecting people’s ability to attend their place of work, to conduct their normal duties and go about their daily lives.”

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Get rid of all the vehicles is the key and tow what needs and can be towed away, ticket anything parked illegally and make sure these tickets are enforced as they are for us the general public. We can’t have one rule for us and another for these protester its making a mockery of our police and the rule of law. Also warn those who want to come and join in the weekend any vehicles illegally parked will either be towed or ticketed. The time for being nice is over Wellingtonians have had enough.

  2. And how do you know they are from the left Jeremy are you a left detective. Its time to take all the vehicles out and the tents they are there illegally causing disruption to people and businesses everyday lives. And get rid of their illegal accommodation.

  3. And how do you know they are from the left Jeremy are you a left detective. Its time to take all the vehicles out and the tents they are there illegally causing disruption to people and businesses everyday lives. And get rid of their illegal accommodation.

  4. And how do you know they are from the left Jeremy are you a left detective. Its time to take all the vehicles out and the tents they are there illegally causing disruption to people and businesses everyday lives. And get rid of their illegal accommodation.

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