20 November 2001
Bullying and harassment at work ? a trade unionist's guide
Bullying and harassment at work is becoming an increasingly prominent issue for trade unions. While unions have been addressing sexual and racial harassment for some years, bullying in a wider sense has come to the fore more recently. Bullying behaviour at work from colleagues or managers can make life a misery for the victims causing stress, illness and sometimes even losing their jobs.
The latest booklet from the LRD Bullying and harassment at work ? a trade unionist's guide gives detailed guidance on how to tackle bullying and harassment, including negotiating a policy and the procedures to follow. It also provides examples of union initiatives and explains the relevant law with case studies.
The booklet is primarily concerned with bullying and harassment between work colleagues and looks at bullying and harassment from two angles ? the equality perspective of preventing discrimination at work and the health and safety perspective of tackling one of the major causes of stress in the workplace. It is hoped that combining these approaches will provide an effective means of tackling this difficult issue for union reps, safety reps and individuals.
Notes to editors:
1. Bullying and harassment at work ? a trade unionist's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.50 or ?10 for employers/commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?27.75 (?71.00 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.
2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 89 years ago. More than 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
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