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May 2003

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In this issue

Workplace bullying

School bullying

Media and research requests

Links, web sites and reminders

Conference and seminars

Books

Help spread the word

Bully OnLine reorganisation


WORKPLACE BULLYING

Seminar interest
There are still places available for both my seminars Understanding and Tackling Bullying at Work and Recovery and Re-empowerment after Bullying and Abusive Life Events in Oxford and London in June. The latter seminar on healing and recovery is attracting a lot of interest. Details at successunlimited/seminars/index.htm and you can book online.

Mafia management - your opportunity to eliminate bullying heads
The Department for Education and Skills (sic) has sent an email to local authorities marked "urgent" which asks for the names of heads who should be "taken out". The objective of the policy in the email, allegedly, was to ensure schools and councils were putting money to best use. The email also asked LEAs to name deputy head teachers and other senior school staff who could be removed in an attempt to improve pupil performance: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2960703.stm

Shame someone didn't blow the whistle
...or perhaps someone did but no action was taken, except to shoot the messenger? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3013637.stm

Tribunal to hear whistleblowing case
Former Finance Director at St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, Ian Perkin was sacked from his £100,000 a year post for reporting that the number of cancelled operations was fiddled: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2966599.stm

One in three NHS whistleblowers face victimisation and reprisal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3006009.stm

UK whistleblowers paid £10million compensation
...each year for having the moral courage to highlight wrongdoing, although this represents only the tip of the iceberg of wrongdoing. Those who blow the whistle on negligence, incompetence and financial misappropriation and then get bullied out of their job will, in most cases, lose their career and health and gain nothing: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,946040,00.html

Only those with moral courage blow the whistle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fmoney%2F2003%2F05%2F05%2Fcbwhis05.xml

Fife whistleblower awarded compensation
Former Fife council employee Jacqueline Fox was suspended for raising concerns about a Fife Council children's unit: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/page.cfm?objectid=12866285&method=full&siteid=89488&headline=WOMAN%20NETS%20%26%23xA3%3B10K%20AWARD

SKY call centre staff in union row
Still in Fife, bosses at a SKY call centre say they don't want unions in the workplace and may outsource abroad if staff join BECTU: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/news/page.cfm?objectid=12866296&method=full&siteid=89488

More than a third of people are unhappy with their job
A Mental Health Foundation survey Whose life is it anyway? suggests some people attempted suicide because of their tortuous working conditions: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2936217.stm

Work and long hours derail workers' lives
The TSSA say stress is the top health and safety issue for rail staff: http://www.hazards.org/getalife/stress.htm

Cuts to HSE budgets threaten safety at work
Professional engineers union Prospect warns that the safety of workers in the UK is being put at risk: http://www.prospect.org.uk/news/newsstory.php?news=165&prs=167e665dbba64d60cf45d0003d9157ea

Work kills 5000 people every day
http://www.imfmetal.org/main/index.cfm?id=47&lid=2&cid=8054

UK doctors suffer wide range of mental health problems
Which might be better referred to as "psychiatric injury" rather than "mental illness"? http://www2.psychiatrymatters.md/Magazine/2003/Week_16/Issue_64/P_0000055787.asp

UK nurse shortage near crisis point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F04%2F29%2Fnurse29.xml

NHS blames workload for 24 per cent rise in work accidents
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2984617.stm and NAO report: http://www.nao.gov.uk./publications/nao_reports/02-03/0203623.pdf

Community nurses face rising violence in patients' homes
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2985659.stm

CBI blames workers for being sick
Little mention of causes: http://www.cbi.org.uk/ndbs/press.nsf/0363c1f07c6ca12a8025671c00381cc7/5da1ce114aa92c2280256d0a004f75c9?OpenDocument

TUC tells employers to stop whingeing and accept responsibilities
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6604-f0.cfm

TUC calls on labour government to fulfil election promise
Government must "delay no longer" on corporate killing law: http://www.tgwu.org.uk/newsrelease/2003/03148.htm

Sacked workers sue Levi Strauss
Two former workers at jeans maker Levi Strauss are alleging that their unfair dismissal was because the blew the whistle on fraudlent accounting practices: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2952795.stm

Shop workers face increasing violence from customers
Shopworkers’ union USDAW calls for national respect day: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2979193.stm and http://www.usdaw.org.uk/campaigns/freedom_from_fear/index.html

Behind many errant CEOs hide weak corporate boards
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=679&ncid=742&e=1&u=/usatoday/20030428/cm_usatoday/5107774

Bully-run companies always collapse eventually
...and everyone pays: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/20/business/yourmoney/20SCRU.html?th

ILO place high value on dignity at work
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/worldday/report_eng.pdf

Feelings run high in Italy
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=2596776&src=eDialog/GetContent

Bullying and harassment near top of Neighbours From Hell poll
http://www.nfh.org.uk/press_releases/index.php

Texas Office of Inspector General (OIG) comes in for criticism
Low morale, management style, unbearable working conditions ... a familiar picture: http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1251421&nav=0s3cFTPV

Clearout at Los Lunas (CA) School Board follows allegations of bullying
http://www.news-bulletin.com/news/33006-04-26-03.html

US teacher union leaders accused of fraud, embezzlement
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/mm20030502.shtml

Toilet breaks ... an ongoing leak in wages
http://workers.labor.net.au/features/200305/b_tradeunion_badboss.html

Trust is the key
Amy Lyman, president of the Great Place to Work Institute (http://www.greatplacetowork.com/gptw/index.php), told delegates at the Management Centre Europe (http://www.mce.be/index.htm) conference in Venice last month that companies where employee trust is high show returns around double standard stock market indices.

Personal experiences of stress-related injury to health
http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/personal.htm

Court opens way for passengers to sue for psychological injury
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3003599.stm

Mortgages bad for your health
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3004157.stm

 

SCHOOL BULLYING

Scottish breakthrough in holding bullies accountable when schools and education authorities fail
17-year-old Jenny Soutar, who attends Blairgowrie High School in Perthshire, has obtained a court order preventing a gang of bullies from threatening her. Jenny had been bullied for eight months and believed her school and local education authority let her down, thus leaving her with no option but to take legal action: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/05/njenny05.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/05/05/ixhome.html and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3014045.stm

Bullied pupil plans legal action
Ricky Clements is contemplating legal action for the bullying he's endured at Thomas Peacocke Community College in Rye, Sussex: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/3005587.stm

Young Scot advice on mobile phone bullying
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/page.cfm?objectid=12866319&method=full&siteid=89488&headline=CHARITY%27S%20ADVICE%20TO%20BEAT%20TEXT%20BULLIES

Anti-bullying Network Annual Conference, 13 May 2003
What Works - when tackling bullying in schools? http://www.antibullying.net/conference.htm

North Carolina school fails to take action despite predictions of violence
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/5712197.htm

Teens in Abusive Relationships Take Health Risks
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=571&ncid=751&e=1&u=/nm/20030418/hl_nm/teens_risks_dc

John Walsh discusses teenage bullying, violence and exclusion
http://www.johnwalsh.tv/cgi-bin/topics/today.cgi?id=170

Study of bullying among adolescent girls becomes an opera
From the Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/local/5314020.htm

Posters on bullying
Didax produce posters and booklets on bullying at school: http://www.didaxinc.com/shop/searchresults.cfm/Keyword/bullying.htm

What have I ever done to you?
One man's recovery from bullying at school: http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features/stories/2003/03/beating-the-bullies.shtml

Head teachers say SATS tests are a "crime against children"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3000609.stm

Baltimore, Maryland, Northern County Psychiatric Associates article on child bullying
Protecting against bullies throughout the life cycle: http://www.ncpamd.com/Bullying_thru_life_cycle.htm

 

MEDIA AND RESEARCH REQUESTS

Bullying in boarding schools
I'm Juliet Riddell, I'm researcher for Granada Television in the UK. I am working on a programme about British boarding schools and trying to contact people that have attended them and experienced bullying. The best way to contact me is via email at Juliet.Riddell@granadamedia.com or to call me on 0207 633 2544.

Thrown together - from the makers of Big Brother
I'm Dawn McVeigh and I'm working on a new programme which will involve a dozen or so 18 year-olds living together. They need to be in the UK and available for a couple of weeks from the end of July to the beginning of August. At the moment we are in the processing of casting and we are looking for really good contributors - great characters who are brilliant talkers with a bit of a story to tell. As part of our research we are looking into issues that affect teenagers and we know bullying is one of them. For instance, we'd be interested to hear from anyone who has been bullied but confronted their attackers and come through the other side. Or possibly someone who was a bully but has changed. Contact: Dawn McVeigh, Researcher, Endemol UK, Tel 08705 100 791, email throwntogether@endemoluk.com

Snooping and surveillance
BBC Radio 4 are looking for somebody in the UK to talk about being on the wrong end of employee surveillance techniques. Have you found yourself under surveillance by a snooping boss or colleague in an effort to undermine or bully you at work? If so, and you'd like to talk about it for a programme to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in late May, then please email jonathan.fildes@bbc.co.uk. Complete anonymity can be provided. All emails will be treated in strictest confidence. Deadline: 18 May 2003.

More media requests at workbully/media.htm

Requests to take part in surveys, contribute to books, etc: workbully/surveys.htm

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

DAWN - Dignity At Work Now is planning a seminar on Establishing Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups, to be held in Birmingham on Saturday, 18th October 2003. Venue, cost and programme still to be arranged. The event will be aimed at those (a) wishing to share their experiences of having already set up support groups, or being involved in other anti-bullying in the workplace initiatives, and (b) individuals wishing to set up a support group in their own area. Anyone wishing to register their interest in attending, or to contribute suggestions and ideas, are asked to contact Keith Munday at keith@dignityatworknow.org.uk To keep updated, please refer to the DAWN web site: www.dignityatworknow.org.uk

OXBOW (Oxfordshire employees Bullied Out of Work) is a support group for people who are being or have been bullied. Consisting mostly (but not exclusively) of teachers, ex-teachers and ex-social workers, the group meets in Oxford to pool knowledge and experience to help members gain justice. For details contact Jennie Chesterton, Tel 01367 710308. Like-minded public sector employees actively tackling bullying around the UK are welcome to make contact.

Anti Workplace Bullying Support Group in Vancouver, BC, Canada
We're Barb and Stephen and we're two targets of workplace bullies who would like to set up a support group in the Greater Vancouver area (Canada). We are hoping to meet monthly. Our aim is to share information pertaining to laws and regulations in British Columbia (which seems to be at least ten years behind much of the "civilized" world) and raise enough awareness within the province to facilitate a change in attitude. We also wish to offer mutual support, advice help and encouragement for fellow targets of workplace bullying. To join or find out more, please email us at nobullyforme@shaw.ca, letting us know how we may contact you, which city you are from and, if you like, a bit of background with regards to your bullying experience.

 

NEW LINKS AND REMINDERS

Standing up to the office bully
For some workers, dealing with an abusive boss can be a descent into hell. Here's how to fight back: http://www.cfo.com/article/1,5309,9291,00.html

Stress at work - a Unison guide for safety reps
http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/12879.pdf

Bullying in the retail sector
An article by Christopher Given: http://www.vitalvortal.co.uk/index.php?main=3&sec=5

The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence
Download the report The Financial Impact of Workplace Violence: http://www.workplaceviolence911.com/

Judgments in UK whistleblowing cases
http://www.pcaw.co.uk/policy_pub/case_summaries.html

Leadership Without Borders
http://www.lwbworld.org/

Child suicide support
For parents and families surviving the tragedy of their child or sibling's suicide: http://childsuicide.homestead.com/Links.html

Emotional abuse
http://www.kalimunro.com/article_emotional_abuse.html

Type A people may have lower quality of life
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=571&ncid=751&e=1&u=/nm/20030505/hl_nm/typea_life_dc

Business ethics and other oxymorons
http://www.transparency.org/cgi-bin/dcn-read.pl?citID=52555

What makes a great leader?
A Gallup poll reveals all: http://gmj.gallup.com/book_center/FBATR/

Confined Space
Health and safety as it really is - life and death for human beings: http://spewingforth.blogspot.com/

Quotes concerning the nature of evil
http://www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_evil.html

Finding self through Gestalt Therapy
http://www.gestalt.org/self.htm

Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein may have had Asperger's Syndrome
... a mild form of autism: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2988647.stm

Another frequently-asked question answered
In over 90% of cases the employer supports and protects the bully and gets rid of the target. Why is this? workbully/faq.htm#Terminate

 

Conferences, meetings, seminars and training

Tim Field shares his insight
Understanding and tackling bullying at work: successunlimited/seminars/s1b.htm
Recovery and re-empowerment after bullying and abusive life events: successunlimited/seminars/s1r.htm

The First Annual DAWN Lecture and AGM
Saturday 17th May 2003, Birmingham, England: http://www.munday.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/dawn/news.html

Wales' first conference on workplace bullying
Thursday 26 June 2003: Understanding Workplace Bullying sponsored by the University of Glamorgan Business School: http://www.glam.ac.uk/bus/News/Bullying.pdf

I Power I
The first London-based Anti-Bullying Conference for young people, 10am-5pm, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, Highbury Corner, Islington N1. Monday 19th May 2003, 10am-5pm: http://www.bully.org/index1.html

 

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Publications list: http://www.eurofound.eu.int/publications/Working%20Conditions.htm

The Support Economy
By Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin who argue that people have changed more than the corporations upon which their well-being depends: http://www.thesupporteconomy.com/ and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3003277.stm

 

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Reorganisation

Over the last six months I've been moving all my support and awareness-raising activities from Success Unlimited to Bully OnLine. Bully OnLine is a project of The Field Foundation. This work is almost complete and the search engines are reflecting the new structure. If you come across any out-of-date pages or dead links please let me know: webmaster@bullyonline.org

 

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