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Challenging bullies and achieving dignity at work 23 September 2008

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Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work, but too often this is not the case. One-in-four adults has been bullied within the last five years. Bullying is the leading cause of stress-related illness and is the most frequent complaint made by employees.

These words appear at the very beginning of a new booklet produced by the NUJ on the serious problem of bullying at work. Speaking on the day that the TUC revealed figures that confirm that one-in-seven employees have been bullied in their current job, Lena Calvert NUJ equalities officer said: “Our members know all too well that bullying is rife in our industry and have witnessed at first hand the terrible stress caused to those being bullied and their colleagues.

“The media sector has a reputation for being a tough industry, with people working to tight deadlines and under pressure. But that’s no excuse for conduct that can damage people’s psychological and physical wellbeing. Managers who permit bullying to take place are showing a dereliction of their duty of care to their employees.

“Media companies must act to ensure that they create a workplace culture in which bullying isn’t tolerated.” (Quoted on the NUJ website)

The NUJ booklet ‘Stop Bullying’ gives the facts about bullying in the workplace and provides practical help about what to do about it. The book also outlines the legal position and the protection it offers. However, key to all this is the role of the union in standing up for members rights. The booklet can be ordered free to NUJ members by emailing lenac@nuj.org.uk and copies will also be available at branch meetings. It can also be read online by going to the NUJ national website.

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