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One in eight people have experienced violence at work, new research has shown. A study by the TUC revealed incidents ranging from being pushed or spat at to physical attacks.

Medical and health workers were the biggest group to have faced violence in their jobs, followed by those in education and shops.

A survey of 1,600 workers revealed the scale of the problem, leading the TUC to call on employers to crack down on the problem. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Workplace violence is far too common in the UK.

“These disturbing findings show that millions of people are likely to experience violence and intimidation at some point in their working life – with A&E staff, nurses, teachers, hotel receptionists and shop workers particularly at risk.

“There is no excuse for physically assaulting someone. Workplaces must be safe for everyone. All over the country, union reps play a key role in stopping violence at work and supporting union members who are victims of abuse.”

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