Victims turn to unions for help

first_imgVictims turn to unions for helpOn 18 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Bullied employees are twice as likely to approach their trade union for helpas the company personnel department, according to analysis by two leadingexperts.Research published last week by Professor Cary Cooper and Helge Hoel, of theManchester School of Management, shows only 12 per cent of staff bullied atwork turn to their HR departments for help, while 24 per cent would talk totheir union. But the researchers say both figures are too low.They said, “The fact that only a minority choose to take their case toeither their union or to a personnel officer suggests that employers and tradeunions alike still have a considerable way to go to establish themselves asreliable sources of support.”The research, the UK’s largest ever study of workplace bullying, ispublished in Employee Health Bulletin.It found one in 10 staff say they have been bullied in the past six months.Cooper and Hoel added, “Our results confirm that workplace bullyingmust be given high priority across all sectors and occupations.”The study covered a range of sectors from the emergency services, retailingand banking.It found the highest number of employees experiencing bullying are in theprison service (15.9 per cent), telecommunications (15.8 per cent) and teaching(15.5 per cent).A report published in February by Cooper and Hoel and backed by the CBI andthe TUC found one in five people say they have been bullied over the past fiveyears.The findings were in line with Personnel Today’s own research which alsorevealed at least of four of out 10 organisations do not have an anti-bullyingpolicy.Of HR professionals surveyed, seven out of 10 said they experienced bullying.• More than 90 million working days are lost each year through workplacestress, according to latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive.www.irseclipse.co.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more