CWU members issued with stab vests

CWU members who collect and deliver cash and valuables are to be kitted out with stab vests.

Volunteer employees at four Post Office Supply Chain depots – in London, Manchester, Sheffield and Swansea – will be wearing the new kit over the next couple of months. The company and the union will be monitoring and reviewing the vests for comfort and ease to wear whilst driving and crossing the pavement when delivering to Post Office.

As well as providing physical protection to crew members in the event of a knife attack, the vests are also intended to act as a visual deterrent to criminals

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said: “It’s a sad fact of life these days that knife crime is on the increase in the UK and, due to the nature of our CViT crew members’ work, there is an increased vulnerability which we need to address. Thankfully, our members do not experience large numbers of attacks – but even one attack is one too many,”

CWU national health, safety & environment officer Dave Joyce said: “Whilst the Post Office’s annual robbery risk assessment has, to date, concluded the armed robbery risk to be low, there has been a notable increase in the presence of blades during robberies and an increase in violence used in robberies at Post Office branches.

“And it’s for these reasons that the time is right for a trial of body armour whilst robbery risk assessment continues to be reviewed.”

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