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<p>The physical and financial drain on the TTC and its assaulted drivers must be stopped, transit management and union leaders agree.</p>

Another driver assaulted near Pape station


The physical and financial drain on the TTC and its assaulted drivers must be stopped, transit management and union leaders agree.



The question is: How?



While the debate heated up yesterday after a Toronto Star investigation found alarming rates of assaults and ensuing mental stress injuries, another driver was beaten up on the job. Three men kicked and spit on the driver near the Pape Avenue subway station after a fare dispute.



A 20-year-old man is in custody and two other young men have escaped, said police Det. Edward Campbell. "They were trying to drag him off the bus."



Transit workers union president Bob Kinnear wants management to pay assaulted drivers a full salary when they miss work due to physical and mental injuries. The TTC hopes plastic shields, cameras and a newly hired U.S. safety consulting firm will help reduce injuries and the associated costs.



As the number of driver assaults increases, so should their pay, said Kinnear. With the contract set to expire March 31 and negotiations already underway, Kinnear says many operators expect a deal that reflects the dangers they face.




















post-traumatic stress disorder




  • In a five-year period ending in 2005, at least 181 drivers claimed post-traumatic stress disorder, a rate about four times that of Toronto police officers, a Toronto Star investigation found.


 
 
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