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He’s had enough: Luas inspector tells of ‘mentally draining’ abuse work on the Luas

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As part of his employment, a Luas ticket inspector has reported experiencing racist insults “up to five times a day”, reports RTE.

Kabir Alade stated that this kind of antisocial activity may be “mentally draining” in an interview with RTÉ News.

Speaking before the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Mr Alade addressed the problem of antisocial conduct on public transport with SIPTU delegates.

According to research done as part of the union’s Respect Transport Workers campaign, 75% of employees who belong to ethnic minorities have experienced racial harassment or abuse at work, reports RTE.

Additionally, the study revealed that less than 80% of participants believed that drug usage by passengers on public transport had gotten worse during the previous 12 months.

Just under 20% of respondents claimed they dealt with drug use on an almost daily basis, while nearly three-quarters said they saw drug usage at their workplaces several times a month, reports RTE.

For the study, a survey of over 650 SIPTU members who work in the public transport system was conducted.

Operators of public transportation have said that they have taken action against anti-social conduct by investing in CCTV, staff training, educational initiatives, and closer collaboration with the gardaí, reports RTE.

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