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Urgent action to stem a 'tidal wave' of violence was today demanded by transport union RMT as it launched a campaign to establish an industry-wide code of protection for workers in the rail, bus and ferry sectors. 

Cross-company zero-tolerance campaigns, an end to unnecessary lone-working, more uniformed staff and better legal protection for transport workers are at the heart of the campaign launched by the union today. 

After surveying its own front-line members, RMT says that official assault figures represent only the tip of the iceberg, that police fail to attend as many as 40 per cent of reported incidents, and that more than a third of incidents go unreported.