Pressure mounts for anti-bullying law

first_imgPressure mounts for anti-bullying lawOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. TUC general secretary John Monks has called for legislation to outlawworkplace bullying following the publication of a report claiming that one in10 people is being bullied at work.Monks said he wants to see the Government clamp down on bullies through adignity at work Bill.The study, backed by the CBI and TUC, was carried by Professor Cary Cooperand Helge Hoel, of Umist.One in four people questioned said they have been bullied in the past fiveyears. It reinforces findings from Personnel Today’s own survey that found atleast four out of 10 organisations do not have an anti-bullying policy. It alsofound HR professionals to be particularly vulnerable, with more than seven outof 10 having experienced bullying. But Richard Wilson, of the Institute of Directors, said framing andimplementing future legislation is fraught with difficulty.”It is going to be very difficult,” he said. “For example,how do you distinguish between times when people do need to be criticised andencouraged to do better, and occasions when people are being treated in anunacceptable fashion?Wilson said he believes the threat of an industrial tribunal is the best wayto deter bullies.”The number of cases taken to industrial tribunals has been increasing.I believe there will be a further significant increase in applications to thembecause of the new rights the Government has brought in for employees.”The survey, Destructive Interpersonal Conflict and Bullying at Work, isbased on a random national survey of 5,300 people from around 70 organisations.It also found that people who are bullied take about six days off sick overa six-month period compared with half that figure for those not being bullied.By Helen Rowewww.tuc.org.uklast_img read more