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Bullying

For more information on Bullying click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

Workplace bullying can be defined as offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, abuse of power or authority which attempts to undermine an individual or group of employees and which may cause them to suffer stress.

The 2006 TUC safety representatives survey found that one in three (33 per cent) safety representatives identified bullying as a problem in their workplace that was linked to stress. And workplace bullying is widespread, according to findings from a survey in 2006 by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in association with MORI and Kingston Business School. The survey identified that one fifth of all UK employees have experienced some form of bullying or harassment over the last two years. The survey also reported that the groups most likely to become victims of bullying and harassment are black and Asian employees, women and people with a disability. Nearly one third (29 per cent) of Asian employees or those from other ethnic groups report having experienced some form of bullying or harassment, compared with 18 per cent of white employees. Employees with disabilities are at least twice as likely to report having experienced one or more forms of bullying and harassment (37 per cent), compared with non-disabled employees (18 per cent).

Each year there is a National Ban Bullying at Work Day which is organised by the Andrea Adams Trust and supported by the TUC. Further details

Links

TUC: Bullying at Work - Guidance for Safety Representatives 

TUC Bullied at work? Don't suffer in silence

Hazards bullying factsheet

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

Charity warning on bullying at work
Bullying in the workplace is 'endemic' in the UK, affecting 80 per cent of employees, the Samaritans has warned.
PDF version available for download
21 January 2008

Ambulance attacks action call
Health service union UNISON has called for tough legal action to address saoring assaults on ambulance staff in south Wales.
PDF version available for download
21 December 2007

UNISON lays down the law on violence
UNISON has issued new guidelines showing how workers can use the law to prevent assaults, convict offenders and sue employers for compensation.
PDF version available for download
30 November 2007

Launch of cyberspace solution to cyberbullies
A teaching union has kicked off a major UK-wide campaign to combat 'cyberbullying' of teachers.
PDF version available for download
23 November 2007

Banish the office bullies says TUC
The TUC is urging employers to protect their staff from victimisation and harassment.
PDF version available for download
9 November 2007

UNISON calls for NHS assaults register
Health service union UNISON wants a national system to record all assaults on NHS staff.
PDF version available for download
9 November 2007

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