The basic facts about dangerous dogs and the lack of responsible ownership in the UK are shocking as is the results for attacks on members of the public and CWU members going about their everyday work providing services ices to the public.
Royal Mail Post women and men, BT Engineers and members working for other employers who work in the public domain are all at risk every day they go to work.
The Union's Health & Safety Dept has a very high profile amongst the TUC affiliated Trade Unions and many other organisations, including the HSE, as a result of the work done by the department head on the issue of Dangerous Dogs.
His embarkation on a major publicity campaign later this month once again will put the spotlight on the CWU for it's campaign to strengthen Dog Safety laws and regulations, not to mention the work done by the Union with our members employers to implement and promote procedures to help protect them from savage and dangerous dog attacks as they go about their public service.
On 25th June – Dave Joyce will be giving Radio and TV interviews on Dog Awareness Week.
On 26th June – Dave Joyce will meet with the Scottish Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabelle Ewing, to discuss dog attacks on postal workers following the recent debate in the Scottish Parliament on 8th May to discuss the post legislative review of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 plus Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal and Police enforcement and law interpretation issues.
On 27th June – Dave Joyce will be at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, to give oral evidence to a The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Parliamentary Select Committee’s Inquiry into Dangerous Dogs Legislation. (The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014) after the NHS reported that the number of dog attacks has risen, with yearly hospital admissions for dog bites increasing by 76% between 2006-2016.
"The failure of Dog Owners to control
their animals remains a major concern for Postal Workers and the public.
Something has to be done and the public has their own responsibility to ensure that no one is endangered by their pet dogs.
The head of the CWU's Health and safety department made this clear by saying:
"We are appealing to all customers who are dog owners to work with us and think TWICE when the postman calls. Put the dog away in secure room before opening the door to collect and sign for your delivery."
" The vast majority of our customers and their dogs aren't a problem but irresponsible and
reckless dog owners are.
He had this warning for those ignoring their responsibilities:
" There are tough court penalties and a criminal record for irresponsible dog owners including prison and unlimited fines so it’s in their best interest in more ways than one to make sure the dog doesn’t bite the postman/woman."
Giving examples Dave said:
"One owner from Romford, Essex paid fines and costs of nearly £9,000 after his dog injured a postwoman’s fingers as she put letters through the
Dave Joyce concluded by saying:
"Dog owners need to fully
understand that their actions usually are the cause of a dog being dangerous and simple precautions
can prevent the pain for everyone concerned. No matter what breed of dog is involved, the dog can
present a substantial danger to postal workers.
Basic Facts about Dangerous Dogs:
The 2018 edition of the CWU Dangerous Dogs catalogue of injuries to both adults and children can be downloaded from our E-Libary Database along with other resources concerning dangerous dogs. Simply use the 'keyword' Dogs into the E-Libray Database search page here
Due to the department having the smallest of all CWU HQ Depts budgets (£19,000) hard copies of the catalogue of evidence compiled by Dave Joyce are not available.Source: CWU / Unionsafety