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Bullying Times
February 2004

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to your February 2004 enewsletter on
bullying and related issues

 

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In this issue

Workplace bullying
School bullying
Media and research requests
Support groups
Links, web sites and reminders
Conference and seminars
Books
Help spread the word
Light relief
Stockists of our books
Free information


IMPORTANT NOTICE

UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line closes
The UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line (01235 212286) has closed as a consequence of a malicious libel action sponsored by the National Union of Teachers. Founded in January 1996 and operated by Tim Field, the Advice Line has helped thousands of people identify and deal with bullying at work. Teachers and lecturers have consistently been the largest number of callers and enquirers, with NUT members prominent amongst teachers callers in the UK, mostly citing the failure of NUT paid officers as the reason for failure to make progress in their case.

All support services have been transferred to Bully OnLine. Please delete any entry for the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line (01235 212286) in databases and directories for which you have responsibility, and replace with "See Bully OnLine at Bully Online".

Suspension of public seminars
For the same reasons I've reluctantly decided to suspend my public seminars for the remainder of 2004.

 

WORKPLACE BULLYING

Workers bemoan horror bosses
15% of Scottish workers believe their boss is a clone of David Brent: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3306499.stm

10% of workers incompetent, say bosses
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3446417.stm

Unpublished EU report exposes working time abuse in UK
http://www.tuc.org.uk/work_life/tuc-7381-f0.cfm

Line managers and family-friendly employment
http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/n43.asp

Workplace partnerships - who wins and who loses?
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/esrccontent/news/November03-4.asp

Big boys use unlimited funds and legal bullying to silence critics
TVNZ tactics have a familiar ring: http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00029.htm

Employment tribunal compensation payments up 65% at £6.4million in 2003
34% increase in injury to feelings awards: http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30400-12938994,00.html

All work and no play makes Bruce a dull boy
http://workers.labor.net.au/features/200312/c_historicalfeature_industrial.html

Culture of intimidation still exists at South Western Sydney Area Health Service
http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1260&storyid=757780

Glenorchy City Council combats infighting between aldermen
Council outlaws bullying: http://www.themercury.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8578960%5E3462,00.html

Walmart accused on using illegal immigrants
http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/02/03/walmart.lawsuit.ap/index.html

Pregnant and (re)productive
An investigation into pregnancy discrimination: http://www.eoc.org.uk/cseng/news/2_dec_launch_of_advisory_board_for_pregnant_and_productive_.asp

A workplace that works
http://clc-ctc.ca/web/menu/english/en_index.shtml?load=action.web.ca/home/clcadmin/en_alerts.shtml?sh_itm=1b1105fa121c345f5a22235e97dd6035&AA_EX_Session=38019c352a4910af0d391444b7884919

Email bullying eating away at employee health
http://www.hrgateway.co.uk/viewnewsdetail.asp?uniquenumber=2610&loginstatus and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3376969.stm

Midwives most abused workers in NHS
http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=1271

Prime Minister Tony Blair may have won the battle but lost the war
Former BBC director Greg Dyke accuses government of systematic bullying: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3448943.stm

Stressed pilots turn to drink
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1113361,00.html

Marine threatened to kill recruit
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3413975.stm

Psychological testing unreliable
http://workers.labor.net.au/207/news62_trains.html

Getting sick workers back to work
No mention of dealing with the causes of sickness: http://www.workcare.co.uk/

The consequences of a toxic workplace
http://www.iht.com/articles/126905.html

ASLEF union members vote to take action over bullying
http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2399275

Those who can, do. Those who can't, inspect?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3401097.stm

 

SCHOOL BULLYING

Wisconsin woman dedicates life to stop kids from bullying
http://www.wisinfo.com/thereporter/news/archive/local_14052367.shtml

Indiana passes anti-bullying bill
http://www.wndu.com/news/012004/news_23609.php

Eugene School District pays $10,000 to boy bullied on bus
http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=63770

New Mexico's schools may get $350,000 worth of help in the fight against bullying
http://www.abqtrib.com/archives/news04/012704_news_bully.shtml

More awareness being given in school to bullying, harassment issues in Nevada schools
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10849888&BRD=2033&PAG=461&dept_id=238871&rfi=6

Teen charged with first-degree murder in killing of classmate in Miami school
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAKLPNI9QD.html

Bullying blamed for absences in Camden, New Jersey
http://www.courierpostonline.com/news/southjersey/m020404l.htm

The Ottawa 67's bullying prevention programme: Stop Talk Tell
http://www.ottawa67s.com/stopTalkTell/index.php

Ethnic-based bullying seen in Kawasaki
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040129a9.htm

Scottish schoolgirl gets legal aid for bullying damages bid
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3414483.stm

West Lancashire MP says bullying is common
http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/3300icormskirk/newsandsport/content_objectid=13869282_method=full_siteid=60252_headline=-Bullying-common--MP-name_page.html

Pupils and staff differ on effectiveness of bullying program
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/local_regional/bell_bullying01152004.htm

'Bullied' schoolgirl killed herself
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/3451997.stm

'Bullied' teenager killed himself
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/3434451.stm

Two suicides, but no bullying
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/03/nbully03.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/03/ixhome.html

Acne agony drove student to take cyanide overdose
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$Q4FA1Y3A1TETNQFIQMGCFF4AVCBQUIV0?xml=%2Fnews%2F2004%2F01%2F08%2Fnsuic08.xml

Shocking cases of bullying abound in schools
http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2004/01/08/news/news04.txt

12% of children are bullies
http://www.canada.com/regina/news/story.asp?id=A880CAF6-565E-48E5-91F9-A7739D21B82C

Scottish pupils to sort out bullying
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/content_objectid=13811252_method=full_siteid=89488_headline=-PUPILS-TO-SORT-OUT-BULLYING-name_page.html

Students send a message to bullies: Don't be cruel
Peer pressure, education are part of program: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/13/health/psychology/13BROD.html?ex=1074574800&en=9f8a796887db4cb8&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

Girl stands her ground against molester on trial
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=104&ncid=793&e=1&u=/uclicktext/20040204/lf_ucda/girlstandshergroundagainstmolesterontrial

Will my kid ever be normal?
Quirky kids ... but who is quirky? http://www.suntimes.com/output/books/cst-ftr-quirky05.html

NASUWT teacher union spells out policy for end to violence in schools
http://www.nasuwt.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=70334

Society demands compliance and conformity
http://www.rense.com/general33/sheeple.htm

BullyFreeKids
http://www.bullyfreekids.com

 

MEDIA AND RESEARCH REQUESTS

WREXHAM BULLIES?
Have you been bullied at any time by Wrexham Borough Council? Freedom to Care (which supports conscientious employees who have been bullied for speaking up) is interested in hearing from Wrexham Borough Council employees, past and present, in any job, who have a story to tell. Contact in confidence: freedomtocare@aol.com or Chris on 01978 750583 and see www.freedomtocare.org

School bullying and bullycide: I'm Emily Fairweather and I'm a producer at Granada Television in Bristol. I'm doing some research on a documentary about bullying. We're filming with some families whose children are currently experiencing bullying. We would also like to talk to some parents whose child actually committed suicide as a result of bullying. As a parent myself, I can't imagine how awful it must have been for you to experience such a loss and my heart goes out to you. If it is something that you would like to share then please do contact me on my email emily.fairweather@granadamedia.com or tel 0117 974 5891.

SUFFERING STRESS AT WORK? DO YOU HAVE THE BOSS FROM HELL? I'm Claudia Lewis and I'm a producer on a new BBC1 popular science series called Should I Worry About... I want to hear from people in the UK who are worried that their office may be making them ill.
1) Are your stress levels going through the roof?
2) Are bullying bosses putting your health at risk?
3) Do you work in the call-centre from hell?
DO YOU THINK YOUR OFFICE COULD BE ONE OF BRITAIN'S WORST? WOULD YOU LIKE OUR CRACK TEAM OF EXPERTS TO HELP? Please email me: claudia.lewis@bbc.co.uk or call me on 0208 752 6240

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.henderson@carltontv.co.uk.

More media requests at media/media.htm

 

SUPPORT GROUPS AND FORUMS

Proposal to Establish a Confederation of UK Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups
News update from DAWN on 1st January 2004: http://www.munday.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/dawn/news.html

Arrangements to take forward a Confederation of UK Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups
In 2003 there was discussion of the idea of support groups coming together to form a confederation (or a network, coalition or alliance). DAWN intends hosting a meeting on this topic towards the end of March/early April, 2004, in Birmingham. Suggestions relating to this meeting, and a statement recently issued by DAWN, available at: www.dignityatworknow.org.uk Further details to be given in the next issue of 'Bullying Times'.

West Country Support Group
WCSG has been set up to help victims of workplace bullying from the West Country of England. WCSG aims to provide on-line and face to face mutual support to those who are suffering, or have suffered, from bullying in the past: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/westcountrysupport/

 

NEW LINKS AND REMINDERS

Informed Residents of Reading, Massachusetts
http://www.iror.org

NHS Injury Benefits Scheme
The Injury Benefits Scheme provides benefits for any NHS employee who as a result of an injury, disease or condition caused by their NHS employment: http://www.asu.org.uk/advisor/ibs250300.html

Neighbours From Hell in Britain
If you have a Neighbour From Hell in Britain please fill in the survey at http://www.nfh.org.uk/survey/index.php

A Bully's Future, From Hard Life to Hard Time
Bullying part of the culture but effects are poorly understood: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/13/health/psychology/13BROD.html?ex=1074574800&en=9f8a796887db4cb8&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

Getting a job after bullying is tough
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/Business/job_quality_040112.html

CIPD guide to bullying
http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/dvsequl/harassmt/bullying.htm

How a company should respond after an incident/accident and how PTSD can develop
http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/news/janupdate.htm

Brain 'can be trained to forget'
Traumatic memories can be blocked: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3380635.stm

EC Labour Law and Work Organisation News and Home Page
http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/labour_law/index_en.htm

Transgender individuals face prejudice and bullying, often with tragic consequences
http://www.transgenderzone.com/features/suicide.htm

Canadian Crime Victim Foundation
http://www.ccvf.net/home.htm

 

Conferences, meetings, seminars and training

 

 

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

Confronting Conflict
Friedrich Glasl, 1999, Hawthorn Press, ISBN 186989071X

 

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Light relief

How to get lucky
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3335275.stm

The words of David Brent are more memorable than those of William Shakespeare
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3457897.stm

 

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