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New Bullying Petition
I am campaigning for a change in legislation in which the issues of bullying are dealt with within the workplace.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland the courts currently address bullying under existing legislation such as Health and Safety, Prevention of Harassment and anti-discrimination legislation and personal injury claims. This incurs financial cost which victims of bullying cannot always afford, as unions do not always support the victims of bullying.
The action I feel would be beneficial if all Grievances were recorded, i.e tape recorded/video recorded, and an independent employment consultancy, or another independent organisation that had no ties with the perpetrator investigated all Grievances/Appeals pertaining to bullying/harassment. This may sound expensive, if you think of the cost in the long run it will be a lot cheaper than: Sickness; Counselling; Tribunal, etc
Under the Freedom of Information Act I have asked several councils for information, I think you may find the outcome interesting if you are paying £100 a month poll tax £20 is an additional tax to cover bullying.
I worked for Liverpool City Council for over twenty years and had to resign due to bullying and oppressive behaviour.
Public Services investigate themselves which in it self is a conflict of interest. No one wants to admit they are incompetent and were companies endorse the perpetrators of bullying the human and economical cost will continue to rise.
The former head of service Andy Hull produced this http://tinyurl.com/ldzwcd
His name was on the front of the power point now it has been changed to Jackie Crowley on the front... as if that makes any difference.
I submitted two grievances before the outcome of the first grievance the bully produced a contract and said it was mine; it was nothing like my contract. The head of service then tried to change my contract, which was virtually the same as the contract the bully had produced, so that my line management would be managed directly by the bully whom I had submitted the grievance against. The 1st grievance went against me as a manager had temporary memory loss as he put his head in his hands and stated that he could not remember having any meetings with the bully. Despite the fact he had several. (This was proven in Tribunal) If I wished to appeal it would be to the head of the service that had tried to change my contract so that I would answer directly to the bully. I had a meeting with the head of the service were he spent over two hours trying to persuade me to sign the new contract. At one point stating “if it went to tribunal the councils solicitors will fight it" "Why won't you sign it, it's not as though X beats you with a stick". (In Tribunal Hull could not recall this) The Tribunal of course believed Hull. Of course these are just my opinions.
Are you not curious to know what the true figures are for your constituency? I think you may find the following websites interesting:
http://tinyurl.com/lps48k - Birmingham Council
http://tinyurl.com/kq3kkh - Gwynedd Council
http://tinyurl.com/lj8lqb - British Broadcasting Corporation
http://tinyurl.com/ntfq94 - East Dunbartonshire Council
http://tinyurl.com/lfjo3o - Oxford City Council
http://tinyurl.com/kwv64d - Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
http://tinyurl.com/kjnexu - Cardiff Council
http://tinyurl.com/m4hxwv - Liverpool City Council
http://tinyurl.com/m93rwd - Bristol City Council
http://tinyurl.com/m8eyo5 - Essex City Council
http://tinyurl.com/l3zx7p - Pembrokeshire Council
http://tinyurl.com/mfgzbo - Newcastle upon Tyne City Council
http://tinyurl.com/nqh2nf - Shropshire Council
http://tinyurl.com/n8mn2c - Lambeth Borough Council
http://tinyurl.com/n3p5hh - Luton Borough Council
The action I feel would be beneficial if all Grievances were recorded, i.e tape recorded/video recorded, and an independent employment consultancy, or another independent organisation that had no ties with the perpetrator investigated all Grievances/Appeals pertaining to bullying/harassment. This may sound expensive, if you think of the cost in the long run it will be a lot cheaper than: Sickness; Counselling; Tribunal, etc.
Education is the key as bullying thrives on silence. A zero tolerance to bullying and make information on how to deal with bullying known throughout all services.
With the current recession employees need more protection in the workplace. I have started a new petition to Stop Bullying in The Workplace. It's Called 09Bullying could you please sign it and pass it on?
When you complete the petition - it will email you a link which you have to click to actually have your name added to the list. Please do remember to check your spam folder if your email doesn't appear and make sure your name is on the list!
This is an opinion of Vicky Gray