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GGCA raises staff safety concerns after violent incident at DSS

The GGCA union has expressed concern for its members following a ‘violent’ security incident at the Department of Social Security, which forced the public counters to close on Friday as damage was assessed.

The incident, which took place on Thursday, left staff with “minor physical injuries, according to the GGCA.

In a statement the union expressed concern over security arrangements at the Department of Social Security premises.

“Firstly, we feel it is imperative for all counter staff to be safe from violence and abuse from the general public, and from situations where civil servants could suffer injury,” it said.

“The GGCA was present at the aftermath of the incident and witnessed the effects on the staff, who suffered minor physical injury and were visibly shaken and upset.”

“The damage to the public counter was a major source of concern as counter staff need to be properly protected from incidents of this nature occurring in future.”

Additionally, the GGCA further expressed concern that flooding in the building had led to a ceiling collapsing on Wednesday morning.

“Deep cracks are also present in the room adjoining the collapsed ceiling. The GGCA expressed the view that a risk assessment was needed urgently before staff could safely work within the building.”

“We are glad to note that the Gibraltar Government is working together with the GGCA to ensure the safety of the Department of Social Security staff moving forward.”

“Written assurances from structural engineers and health and safety experts will be provided to the GGCA before staff resumes working in the premises on Monday morning.”