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National Union of Teachers forces closure of UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line
Defending the frivolous vexatious legal action being taken against me means I no longer have the physical, emotional or financial resources to continue operating my Advice Line and the telephone service will cease operation on 31 January 2004. All support services will be transferred to Bully OnLine.
During eight years of operation, the Advice Line, which has become something of an institution, has helped thousands of people identify and deal with bullying in their workplaces and has counselled many people out of attempting suicide. It is particularly ironic in that it was the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line which enabled NUT teacher members to report that the NUT was denying members access to advice, support and legal services to which members were contractually entitled.
I believe that the legal action against me is a specious misappropriation of the civil laws of libel with the objective of controlling, punishing and silencing a critic of the National Union of Teachers. On reflection I can see that I blew the whistle on failings in both Oxfordshire County Council Education Department and of National Union of Teachers paid officers. This is not the first time that paid officers of the NUT have used NUT members' subscriptions to fund legal action to silence critics. It is believed that NUT members are not informed that their subscriptions are being used in this way, nor are NUT members asked if this is an acceptable use of their subscriptions.
On the other hand I'd like to thank the NUT for bringing this libel action as it has enabled myself and others to identify many more weaknesses shortcomings and failings of Oxfordshire County Council Education Department and paid officers of the National Union of Teachers which would otherwise have remained unknown, unrecognised and unchallenged. The NUT's libel action also provides a public platform to debate and discuss in open court the failings of the Oxfordshire County Council Education Department and of paid officers of the National Union of Teachers.
If you know of any more shortcomings and failings or can provide evidence or witness testimony in respect of conflict within Oxfordshire County Council Education Department or in respect of the National Union of Teachers failing to provide services to its members please contact me.
Robert J Hare visits UK to deliver his lecture Snakes in Suits:
When Psychopaths Go To Work
Bullying boss can be bad for business
San Antonio Water System worker survey finds racism, sexism and 'bullying'
Iowa City to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Bullying
Managers arrested for intimidation and safety breaches
Critical warning signs of workplace violence not what employees expect
Bully-free workplaces becoming a rarity in Australia
Ethnic minorities an easy target for bullies
Royal Mail Crackdown on Bullying at Work
Secret survey shows British Army bullying is rife
New UK anti-discrimination laws protect workers on grounds of sexual orientation
Changes to the employment tribunal system
Former housing chief faces bullying claims at tribunal
Union staff will vote on strikes
London Mayor Ken Livingstone "shocked and surprised" at bullying and abuse of disabled people
Continual Christmas music makes people irritable and aggressive
Washington State enacts school bullying law
Clondalkin primary school (Ireland) sued over bullying claims
Victim's mother criticises lenient sentence
EQ on the curriculum at last
Anacortes parents hear how to deal with bullying
New York City schools exclude pupils to boost success figures
Washington school draws a line against bullies
Ohio filmmaker battles bullying
One person's initiation rite is another person's thuggery
Taking aim at school bullies
To curb bullying, make it 'uncool'
Bullying in schools pervasive, UCLA study finds
Myths that "bullies prey on the weak" still prevail
Big Dave to tackle bullying issue in North-east schools
Zero tolerance to homophobic bullying
Last photo of mother and her tragic 'little princess'
Bullying led to suicide attempt
Video Exclusive: Put an End to Bullying
Theatre in education
UK head shortage looms
Were you denied use of the toilet at school?
Teens and bullying: a Gallup poll
Neighbours from Hell: I'm Fiona Henderson, I'm a researcher at Carlton Television and I'm currently looking for contributors on the next Neighbours from Hell documentary. I'd like to speak to people who are currently having difficulty with neighbours or people in their community. Ideally you will have some evidence of what's gone on such as camcorder or cctv footage - but if not then please get in touch anyway as the story alone may be enough. You may feel it's time to expose the problem, this is your last resort or that it may help matters to get your side across. If you are interested please call me on 020 7612 7313 and I'll call you straight back or email me at Fiona.email@example.com.
BBC TV series on bullying: I'm Chris Alcock and I'm an assistant producer working for BBC Current Affairs. I'm working on a new series for Daytime BBC1 which consists of five 30-minute programmes. The aim is to look at the prevalence and effects of bullying in today's society. Over five days we want to tackle different themes including family bullying, school bullying, workplace bullying (including possibly a Service story) and sexual bullying. We want to use 'real people' telling their own stories by speaking to people who've experienced bullying and who are left to deal with the consequences. We want to highlight how traumatic it can be. We also hope to illustrate the enormous pressures people are under as a result of this type of intolerable behaviour, and to show what can be done to help others in similar situations. To that extent we will also be setting up a helpline to provide further support and advice. We are interested in contacting anyone in the UK who's had recent experience of bullies and being bullied and is willing to tell their story on camera, including:
As discussed, in all these examples we are very keen to hear from people who've been able to document the bullying and the consequences of actions that have resulted from it. Anyone interested in contacting me can do so on tel 0208 752 5928 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will of course call people straight back to save their phone bills.
Men and traumatic events: I'm Dawn Doherty and I'm a freelance journalist writing an article for a national magazine about men who've been through a traumatic event in their lives and have been supported through it by their girlfriend/wife. I'm trying to find a man from the UK, in his 20s, who has experienced bullying at work and has been helped to cope by his partner. You would need to be happy to be identified. If you can help, please contact me urgently by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone 01628 783851.
More media requests at media/media.htm
Proposal to Establish a Confederation of UK Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups
HSC and HSE publish advice on violence at work
How to get an anti-bullying and harassment law in your state
CODT - Cooperative Online Dictionary of Trauma
Bullies not wanted
Stop Toxic Managers Before They Stop You
Ageing hits workers before bosses
Snakes in Suits
Tim Field shares his insight
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