bullying and the trade unions
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Bullying and the trade unions

Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in the UK. In December 1997 the TUC ran a Bad Bosses Hotline which logged 5000 calls in 5 days; the TUC were surprised at the scale of the response, and at the fact that so many callers were white-collar, professional people at middle management level. Even more surprising was the fact that the largest percentage of calls (38%) were about bullying. As a result, the TUC ran a conference at Congress House, London, in October 1998; 430 delegates attended. For further information on TUC activities see the TUC web site.

Since the founding of the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line in January 1996, trade union members have reported varying levels of support from their union when requiring representation in cases of stress and bullying at work. In a number of cases, the union's refusal to provide representation and access to legal services might be considered a betrayal especially when the member has subsequently lost their job, their livelihood, their career and their health - and sometimes their marriage and home too. [More]

Amicus-MSF have been actively tackling bullying since 1993 having worked with Andrea Adams. In 1995 they produced a booklet Bullying at Work: a guide for representatives and members, free to Amicus-MSF members, 10 to non-members. For a copy, see you local MSF representative, or send a cheque or postal order for 10 to: MSF Health & Safety Office, Whitehall College, Dane O'Coys Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2JN, UK, or contact MSF Central Office, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, Tel 0171 505 3000.

The NASUWT teaching union have also produced a booklet on bullying called No Place To Hide: Confronting Workplace Bullies. Free to members, available for a nominal postage and packing charge to non-members; send a cheque or postal order for (say) 2 to: NASUWT, Hillscourt Education Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS, UK, Tel 0121 453 6150, Fax 0121 457 6208/9

The TUC and Industrial Society have produced a training video No excuse: beat bullying at work which is endorsed by the CBI.

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Bullyonline action forum for validation and re-empowerment
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Amicus Campaign Against Bullying At Work (CABAW)
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