Ban bullying at work

Ban bullying - That is the simple message of UNISON's campaign to ban bullying in the workplace.

"All workers have the right to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness," said the union's health and safety officer, Robert Baughan. "Bullying denies this."

In addition, it leads to ill health and stress for many workers. Last week's NHSi staff survey, the biggest ever, revealed that a staggering 61% of NHS workers had been bullied at work. Previous research by UNISON found that two-thirds of its members in higher education had been harassed by their managers.

UNISON is committed to campaigning for policies that are in place and acted upon; ensuring bullying is treated as a potential disciplinary offence, and that it is the perpetrator, not the victim, who is removed from the workplace.

Meanwhile, the TUC has welcomed government moves to outlaw inciting hatred against disabled people, flagged up in the Queen's speech yesterday. "Evidence shows more and more disabled people are on the receiving end of bullying at work, which is a huge cause for concern," said TUC general secretary Brendan Barber. He added: "There is no place for this victimisation in the workplace, or in society."

Don't suffer in silence

Under health and safety laws, employers have a duty to assess risks to employees and to develop and introduce policies and procedure to control the risks. If you are being bullied at work, UNISON can help. Contact your union rep.