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Bullying Times

Monthly News from Bully OnLine
July 2004

Quote for the month
"Good management and bullying have as much in common as great sex and rape"
(Tim Field)

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Stockists of Bully in Sight and PTSD | What readers say about Bully in sight


Workplace Bullying

Union-backed tribunals fell to lowest level in 2003
The failure of unions to meet their legally-binding contractual obligations to provide services and legal support to members is the Number One complaint of targets of bullying, with many union officials being described as "indistinguishable from management": http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_yardstick/yard_det.asp?liArticleID=24273

Unions trumpet alleged fall in number of employment tribunals
'"Tribunals are working well for union members" claims Brendan Barber from Planet TUC: http://www.tuc.org.uk/law/tuc-7978-f0.cfm

The political dimension to bullying
Why trade unions fail to provide services and legal services to members in cases of bullying and stress, especially in the public sector: workbully/public.htm

UK government launches corporate social responsibility website
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=24115

IT and telecoms companies fear employment tribunals
http://www.vnunet.com/news/1155606

I wish I could afford a barrister
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_feat_det.asp?liArticleID=24189

Union and EOC plan the harassment-free workplace
http://www.eoc.org.uk/cseng/news/8_june_cwu.asp?SubDate=Tuesday+8+June,+2004

CWU union launches harassment helpline and database
http://www.cwu.org/news.asp?step=3&NID=744

Sexism in the City is still rife
Stephanie Villalba claims sexual discrimination, unfair dismissal and unequal pay in another case against Wall Street investment bank Merrill Lynch: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3785049.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3797271.stm and http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1158687,00.html

Paramedics have the most stressful time ahead of teachers and social workers
Bosses have the least stressful jobs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3789173.stm

39% of UK nurses report bullying and stress
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_yardstick/yard_det.asp?liArticleID=24298

Bullying, harassment, discrimination and homophobia rife in the NHS
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3840021.stm

Compensation culture is a myth
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3752503.stm

Throwing a sickie could be acceptable behaviour
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,1226046,00.html

Dealing with bullying in New Zealand
http://www.wave.org.nz/articles.html

What's going on with mobbing, bullying and work harassment internationally
http://www.webpronews.com/ebusiness/professionaldevelopment/wpn-11-20030610WhatsGoingonwithMobbingBullyingandWorkHarassmentInternationally.html

Fear in the Workplace: The Bullying Boss
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/22/health/psychology/22bull.html?ex=1088956288&ei=1&en=eac089b552dff742

Wal-Mart versus 1.6 million female workers
http://money.cnn.com/2004/06/22/news/fortune500/wal_mart.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes

Bullies and harassers often announce their crimes in advance
But few people take notice, with tragic consequences: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/851472.html

Bullies and apes have a lot in common
http://education.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=518488&host=16&dir=371 (apologies to apes for this unworthy comparison)

Saying sorry means never having to fall out of love with your employer
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-6364-1136400,00.html

Funeral director commits suicide over sexual bullying and failure of investigation
http://www.thisisbath.com/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=113966&command=displayContent&sourceNode=113965&contentPK=10422008

Gordon Ramsay: boss from hell or role-model manager?
Leadership or inadequacy as a human being? http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_feat_det.asp?liArticleID=24079

Are you suffering Legal Abuse Syndrome?
Court and legal system induced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: http://www.legalabusesyndrome.org


School bullying

Bullycide in Northern Ireland
12-year-old Aaron Armstrong, who was a first-year pupil at Cambridge House Grammar in Ballymena, was found hanged in a hayshed at the family farm at Broughshane, County Antrim. Acts of assault, false imprisonment, theft and criminal damage had been played down as "boys will be boys". [More]

More help needed for bullying victims
An article in the Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/opinion/story.jsp?story=533159

Do bullies ever reform?
A former school bully who claims to be "reformed" reports: "Do I feel remorse? Not really. Well, maybe a smidgen. It sounds cliched, but I feel the people I bullied grew up tougher." : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/main.jhtml?xml=/education/2004/06/07/tefbully03.xml&sSheet=/education/2004/06/07/ixtetop.html
New myth: Bullying is a form of violence which is designed to cause the maximum physical and psychological injury. If a leg or arm is shattered it does not become "tougher" but is likely to be damaged throughout life. It's the same with a psychiatric injury. "I feel the people I bullied grew up tougher" is a specious rationalisation by which bullies justify and excuse their actions and convince themselves of the acceptability of their thuggery by abdicating personal responsibility for their violent behaviour and its consequences for others.
More myths are deconstructed at schoolbully/myths.htm


Media requests

Channel Four is looking for notorious troublemakers: Do you have a neighbour who goes out of their way to cause you serious bother and annoyance? Do you know of a real workplace bully? Or do you have a friend or family member who is experiencing problems with bullies? We are looking for three troublemakers, who don't necessarily break the law much, but go out of their way to wind people up. They can come from any social background, but they have to be badly behaved! Please contact Claire Braden in confidence, all nominators will remain anonymous if they want to. My phone number is 01273 604792, email claire.braden@ricochetsouth.co.uk

Bullying and suicide in the army: I'm Richard McIlroy and I'm putting together a BBC Radio 4 programme on bullying in the army. I'm very keen to speak to people bullied in the army specifically at Catterick Barracks. I'm also interested to speak to anyone who can tell me about the suicides of soldiers at Catterick and in the army in general. Please contact me at 07876 521000 or email richard.mcilroy@bbc.co.uk

Bullying and suicide in young people: Maverick Television, the makers of Channel 4's Born Too Soon, are looking to speak to families who have been affected by bullying. We are researching for a campaigning film about the devastating links between bullying and suicide in young people. We would like to speak to people with personal experience and strong views on what issues should be tackled in a programme of this sort. All calls/emails will be treated in confidence. Please call Jenni or Andy on 0121 224 8398 or email j.ayrton@mavericktv.co.uk or a.tootell@mavericktv.co.uk

Britain's Worst: Do you know a bullying neighbour, bullying teens or a bullying mother-in-law? Hi my name is Sarah Thornton and I am an associate producer on a new series of shows that seeks to improve bullies by putting them through a series of challenges designed by experts. We are currently looking for people who are being bullied to nominate:
BRITAIN'S WORST TEENAGER
BRITAIN'S WORST NEIGHBOUR
BRITAIN'S WORST MOTHER IN LAW
We have experts on board who will attempt to improve your situation by offering their expertise and challenging the offenders to improve. As well as receiving genuine help, participants have the opportunity to win prizes along the way. Please contact us by phone 0207 258 6766 or email britainsworst@mentorn.tv.

Bullying by neighbours: I'm Michelle Woods and I'm currently working on a new show for RDF Media (The makers of Faking It and Wife Swap) called Meet the Neighbours for Channel 4. Our programme aims to take five diverse households from around the UK to a purpose built community this summer and over the course of four weeks and with the help of two experts create an idyllic community! We are looking for your troublesome neighbours - perhaps those who are noise pests, or interfering types or those who are bullies and could do with realising the error of their ways. If you know someone who fits the bill or want to know more about the show then call me on 020 7013 4521 or email neighbours@rdfmedia.com

Women going though a bullying crisis: my name is Liz Scarff and I am looking to get in touch with people who may be interested in taking part in a feature I am working on for Glamour magazine. The feature is a piece about women who go though a crisis, ie bullying, and find the experience is the impetus to completely change their life for the better. I am looking to speak with women who are aged between 23 and 35. Taking part would involve a telephone interview and a photograph. If you are interested or require further information please contact me on lizscarff1@hotmail.com

More media requests at media/media.htm


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Dealing with computer viruses and spam

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Stockists of books published by Success Unlimited

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More reader feedback at successunlimited/books/tstmbis.htm

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Scotland
Ottakers Book Shop, Trinity Centre, Union Street, Aberdeen

Canada
The Working Centre, 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario

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Bookshops with stock of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

England
Waterstones, The Grand Building, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ

Ireland
Hodges Figgis, 57/58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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