PALMA’S municipal bus drivers gathered on Friday (October 2) on Plaza de España to complain about the number of attacks they endure and demand the council does something to avoid them.
Between May and August, according to data from USO trade union, there were seven physical attacks on EMT drivers, and although most cases of verbal abuse are not reported there were at least 60 reports of serious insults and threats registered.
General Secretary for USO in the Balearic Islands, Juan Antonio Salamanca (who is also an EMT bus driver) explained that many members of staff have had to take sick leave due to the anxiety and stress attacks cause them.
Although security measures including CCTV cameras and panic buttons are in place, Salamanca complained, not all are connected.
One measure which proves effective is security screens, yet only one third of the fleet currently carry the equipment, leading the drivers to request more.