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January 2003

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Welcome

to your
January 2003
enewsletter on
bullying and related issues

from

Tim Field

Due to continued growth and demand for my services, 2003 will see the ongoing restructuring of Bully OnLine and my support activities. More news in the coming months.

Feedback and contributions welcome

 

In this issue

Workplace bullying

Walmart under the spotlight
IBM takes action against bullies
Britain a sickie nation
Doctors and teachers leaving their professions

School bullying

Billy Elliott boy had feet stamped on
Wrongful death lawsuit in court in February
Teen jailed for bullying

Media and research requests

Books and resources

Links, web sites and reminders

Bully OnLine reorganisation


WORKPLACE BULLYING

Contribute to a survey on work-life balance
...and highlight the effect bullying at work has on your emotional well-being: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/html/content/survey.cfm

Lifting the lid on bullying
... in New Zealand: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?thesection=employment&thesubsection=&storyID=3007012

Spokane employee wins discrimination case
In Robel v. Roundup Corp Washington Supreme Court finds that employees can claim hostile work environment based upon disability under Washington Law: http://www.lanepowell.com/pressroom/newsletters/detail.asp?xnltypeid=6&nlid=351

Walmart under the spotlight for poor employment record
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/134599503_walmart20.html
http://www.ksworkbeat.org/Issues/Walmart_s_Opinon_of_Union_Memb/Santa_Puts_Walmart_On_His_Naug/santa_puts_walmart_on_his_naug.html
http://www.ufcw.org/worker/page.cfm?subsection_id=143

IBM takes action against bullying
Bullying is the antithesis of a healthy business climate, says IBM: http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/3582435.html

UK loses 40 million working days annually due to stress, illness and injury
The TUC's John Monks warns that "Britain is becoming a 'sickie nation' because of the stresses and strains of the modern workplace: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-5982-f0.cfm

GMB union calls for law on stress
Work related stress rates double since 1990: http://www.gmb.org.uk/press_office/display.asp?id=202

Insurance worker awarded six-figure sum for stress
In a case reminiscent of Walker v. Northumberland County Council, an employee receives compensation for two stress breakdowns: http://www.msf.org.uk/cgi-bin/news/db.cgi?db=default&uid=default&ID=313&view_records=1&ww=1

Company fined for Health and Safety breaches
...after an overworked driver fell asleep at the wheel: http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1403012002

Government 'squandering billions on compensation while cutting back on prevention,' says TUC
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6014-f0.cfm

Reducing work related psychological ill health and sickness absence: a systematic literature review
Long hours worked, work overload, pressure, lack of control over work, lack of participation in decision making, poor social support, unclear management and work role .. sound familiar? http://oem.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/1/3?etoc

Workers who get a rough deal at work are more likely go sick
http://oem.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/1/27?etoc

NHS boss sacked for blowing the whistle on fiddled statistics
Ian Perkin, former finance director of St George's Hospital, Tooting, London was sacked in December after working there for 16 years. His dismissal letter criticised his "management style" despite having received a management award six months earlier: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2641657.stm

Scottish hospital penalised
Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust, where almost half the nurses reported experiencing bullying last year [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1639176.stm] has now been reprimanded by the Scottish Executive for failing to reduce junior doctor hours: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2592519.stm

Experienced and skilled older workers are retiring early from the NHS
A King's Fund report highlights heavy workloads, long hours and low morale: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/eKingsFund/html/pr021212.html and http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/eKingsFund/assets/applets/Great_to_be_Grey_summary.pdf

Find out what information UK employers and public bodies hold on you
http://www.guardian.co.uk/bigbrother/privacy/yourlife/story/0,12384,785938,00.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/bigbrother/privacy/statesurveillance/story/0,12382,811765,00.html

20% of doctors want to leave the profession
Falling job satisfaction and overwork take their toll: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2623699.stm

33% of England's teachers expect to leave the profession
Teachers and lecturers have been my largest group of callers and enquirers since I started in 1996. Now a new survey of UK teachers claims that badly-behaved pupils, an excessive workload and too many government initiatives are damaging morale and pushing more teachers out of the profession: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2633099.stm

Swindon social services employee takes things further
Deborah Rees has set up a website to highlight the failings of Swindon Borough Council (including the Council's zero star rating in a Joint Review): http://www.swindonboroughcouncil.com/

Birmingham City Council bullies sick employees back to work
But no mention of identifying the causes of sickness absence: http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/page.cfm?objectid=12489286&method=full&siteid=50002

TUC surveys reveal the true picture of workplace Britain
Stress, overwork, pollution, back strain, RSI and more are prevalent in the UK, according to a survey of Health and Safety reps.
Scotland: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6041-f0.cfm
Yorkshire and Humberside: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6043-f0.cfm
Northern region: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6045-f0.cfm
Midlands: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6055-f0.cfm
London: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6057-f0.cfm
North West: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6059-f0.cfm
Wales: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6061-f0.cfm
South West: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6063-f0.cfm
South East: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6065-f0.cfm

New information chief must protect workers from snooping bosses
http://www.tuc.org.uk/law/tuc-6083-f0.cfm

Compensation culture myth quashed
Around 60% of compensation cases are going unclaimed according to research in Canada: http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2002/12/13/eline/links/20021213elin015.html

Only the rich can afford justice, allegedly
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6073-f0.cfm

Work-related stress: a guide for employers
From the Irish Health and Safety Agency (HSA): http://www.hsa.ie/pub/publications/stress.pdf

Britain second from bottom in European Scrooge list
One million people will be working on Christmas Day and three million will receive no holiday pay: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2599991.stm

Calls intensify for Boston's Roman Catholic Cardinal Law to go
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2559015.stm

Beleaguered Ripon Cathedral dean faces ultimatum
Autocratic Dean Methuen will face a charge of "conduct unbecoming a clerk in holy orders" if he doesn't resign: http://www.ypn.co.uk/ViewArticleMore.aspx?SectionID=55&ArticleID=230059&Page=&ReturnUrl

ME to get proper attention
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is to be researched rather than rubbished at last: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2581153.stm

Whistleblowers get recognition at last
FBI agent Coleen Rowley, Enron executive Sherron Watkins and WorldCom's Cynthia Cooper are headlined "Persons of the Year" by Time magazine: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2599523.stm

Accountability culture
Here's one league table where Britain is top: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2582263.stm

Macho military mentality prevents soldiers getting treatment
http://cbc.ca/stories/2002/12/17/stress_military021217

British Transport Police charged with long hours abuse
BTP handcuffs vital support staff to 'antiquated and scrooge-like' working conditions: http://www.tssa.org.uk/news/press/nr021224.htm

Company ethos revealed through attitudes to bodily functions
Employees at Brown Brothers' meat processing factory in Kirkconnell, Dumfriesshire have their pay docked every time they go to the toilet: http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/page.cfm?objectid=12502501&method=full&siteid=86024

UK Public and Commercial Services Union tells members to go home on time
But will PCS support members and fight cases where bullying employers retaliate? http://www.pcs.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=881938

Fathers struggle with work balance
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2582061.stm

Institutionalised racism in colleges
...prevents black lecturers from gaining top positions: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2621961.stm

Tough action' on hospital violence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2601399.stm

Widow demands Roy Castle's name is removed from charity
Concerns over how charity is run: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_733762.html

Teeth grinding and workplace stress go together
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=571&ncid=751&e=2&u=/nm/20021230/hl_nm/stress_workplace_dc

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Adult Bullying Clampdown, Northern Ireland
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th January 2003 at 7.45pm in the Lagan Valley Island Arts Centre, Lisburn. Cover charge £2. The guest speaker will be the Health and Safety Manager from Down & Lisburn Trust. Details abclampdown@btopenworld.com, information line 0870 7446609.

 
SCHOOL BULLYING

Billy Elliot ballet boy has feet stamped on by bullies
Kristopher King's potential career as a ballet dancer is in doubt after vicious attacks by school bullies. Kristopher's mother Diane is taking legal action against Derby City Council which she alleges has not done enough to protect her son: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2636297.stm but offers of help come in after publicity: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2646951.stm

Washington wrongful death lawsuit starts 5 February 2003
In High vs. Pasco School District the defendant stands accused of abdicating and denying responsibility and adopting a standard "blame-the-victim" response: http://www.jaredstory.com/assault.html

More kids need training to deal with bullies
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/uk/newsid_2628000/2628871.stm

20% of kids truant to avoid bullying
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2638793.stm

Teen jailed for bullying
http://cbc.ca/stories/2003/01/02/bully030102

School bullying has consequences beyond the playground
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2543733.stm

Bullying and conflict within schools
A page from Leadership Without Borders Ltd: http://www.lwbworld.org/projects/lwb002/lwb002.htm

Anti-Bullying Network enewsletter
http://www.antibullying.net/whatsnew.htm

Bullying Symposium in Ottawa on January 14th, 2003
The purpose is to come up with an integrated model in the City of Ottawa, to dealing with bullying issues: http://www.cayfo.ca/

Safe Schools Europe
http://www.safeschoolseurope.info/

Protecting the rights of children
Children don't voteóbut neither do firearms, clean air, or whales: http://www.careact.org/

The ABCís of Bully Behaviors
http://www.gearupchicago.org/AcademyWork/Rights3/ABCpage/Behaviors.html

I stop my own bully behavior
http://members.aol.com/AngriesOut/bully3.htm

Children write about bullying
http://www.users.bigpond.com/lnord/bullies.html

Progress in recognising the unacceptability of bullying
...in US schools: http://www.aimsmultimedia.com/news/edubits_2-5.htm

Bullying is a vote-winner!
http://www.smartvoter.org/2002/11/05/ca/scl/vote/siemon_f/paper1.html

 

MEDIA AND RESEARCH REQUESTS

Girls bullying girls
I'm Barbara Jacobs and I'm an agony aunt, broadcaster and writer, currently writing for Penguin Books (read about me on the client list at www.yesitive.com). Penguin have commissioned me to write a book about girls bullying girls, and because I want authentic voices and experiences in the book, I'd like bullying survivors of 16 or above to fill in some questionnaires for me. It would be good if parents of girls who have been bullied by girls could fill in my 'parent' questionnaire, too. All questionnaires will be anonymous and you can get copies of either by emailing me at bj@yesitive.com. You can ask me for more details, too. Your help would be very much appreciated - thanks.

Bullying in the media
I'm Andrew Don and I'm writing a feature for Press Gazette on journalists who have experienced workplace bullying. If any journalists have experience of either a) being a workplace bully! b) being a victim of workplace bullying. What I would like to know is if you were bullied, what form this took and the effect it had on you. How was it resolved? Or let me know if this is a current situation. If you are courageous enough to admit you were once a workplace bully, or perhaps are still one, why were you/are you? Anyone who admits to being a workplace bully gets a bonus for being brave enough to come clean! I would like to hear as soon as possible about your experiences either by e-mail at andrew.don@ntlworld.com or tel 020 8959 7358 or 0208 906 8148. I would ideally like to quote names but I will respect anonymity if insisted on.

Girl gangs and bullying between girls
I'm Cathryn O'Neill and I'm a producer with Princess Productions, an independent television production company based in London. I'm currently developing a television documentary on girl gangs and bullying between girls. I'd be very interested in talking to you if you're a member of a girl gang or if you're a girl who has been subjected to bullying by other girls. I can be contacted in confidence via email at cathryn@princess.uk.com or on 020 7243 5108.

More media requests at workbully/media.htm

 

NEW LINKS AND REMINDERS

Does your boss score highly
... as a psychopath, that is? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-7-475958,00.html

So how do I spot a psycho boss?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-7-476077,00.html

Catholic morality questioned
http://www.drjudithreisman.org/articles/executive_summary.htm

It pays for us all to stand up to bullies...
An article in The Sunday Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2103-504953,00.html

Depression explained
http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/index.htm

Tend and befriend
UCLA researchers identify key biobehavioral pattern used by women to manage stress: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000522082151.htm

Articles on stress, PTSD and more
Go to http://www.sciencedaily.com and use the search facility for "stress", PTSD", etc.

Handling your psychiatric disability in work and school
Provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/jobschool/

Forgiveness is empowerment
http://www.canadianliving.com/health/features/forgive/1.asp

Getting a new attitude
http://www.selfhelpforher.com/newsletter153.htm

 

BOOKS

Handbook of Mental Health in the Workplace
Jay C Thomas and Michel Hersen, Sage Publications Inc, 2002

Bullying and emotional abuse in the workplace
Edited by Stale Einarsen, Helge Hoel, Dieter Zapf, Cary L Cooper, published by Taylor and Francis, £55: http://www.ergonomicsarena.com

 

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