07 February 2005
LRD guide shows how to beat workplace bullying
Bullying and harassment continue to blight Britain's workplaces. Every year more than one worker in 10 is bullied, usually by managers but sometimes by colleagues. And harassment - whether on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief - is seen as a problem by over two-thirds of union workplace reps.
But there is much that workers, their representatives and employers can do to address the problem. Recent legislation offers greater protection against harassment, making it easier to prosecute the perpetrators. Awareness-raising exercises can help to change the culture of workplaces where bullying has become commonplace. And establishing a workplace policy on bullying and harassment, or on "dignity at work" generally, can give victims the confidence to report their experiences, as well as sending out a clear message that bullying and harassing behaviour will not be tolerated.
The Labour Research Department's latest booklet, Tackling bullying and harassment at work - a trade unionist's guide, considers bullying and harassment from the perspectives of equality and of health and safety. Bringing together key research and examples of good practice (often promoted by unions), it offers practical guidance on understanding, identifying, responding to and tackling bullying and harassment in the workplace.
The booklet details the new anti-harassment legislation, outlines unions' efforts to promote a Dignity at Work Bill, looks at guidance from unions and the conciliation service ACAS on how to combat bullying and harassment, provides examples of questions to include in a workplace survey, and sets out the key elements of a workplace policy. It is essential reading for anyone looking to deal with and prevent bullying and harassment at work.
Notes to editors
1. Tackling bullying and harassment at work - a trade unionist's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.95 or ?11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?79.65 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 over 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
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