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September 2002

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New survey on levels of bullying
One third of workers endure bullying: http://www.orange-today.co.uk/business/story/sm_651733.html

Senior vets voice alarm at bullying allegations
Sixteen former presidents of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) have voiced concern about trouble at the top of the organisation after allegations of harassment, staff intimidation, bullying and possible financial mismanagement at its London headquarters: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F08%2F31%2Fnvet31.xml

Bullying and sexual abuse in swimming
British swimming authorities are investigating 20 cases of alleged child abuse by coaches, including two of sexual abuse: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F09%2F01%2Fnswim01.xml

MoD accused of bullying
Army corporals are being bullied out to avoid pension costs: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F07%2F29%2Fnsquad29.xml

Another soldier dies in unusual circumstances
Soldier's mother raises concerns of bullying: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2204607.stm

UK employment tribunal compensation rises
Compensation payments awarded by UK employment tribunals rose by 10% last year. There was a 98% increase in the number of cases of compensation awarded for sex discrimination. The largest award was £1.4 million whilst the average award increased by nearly 75% to almost £20,000. The average award for disability discrimination increased by 80%: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2187928.stm

Targets of bullying discriminated against in law
http://www.thisishull.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=61023&command=displayContent&sourceNode=60575&contentPK=1863475

Firm of solicitors guilty of harassment
Aggravated damages in respect of alleged misconduct in the defence of proceedings: http://www.employmentappeals.gov.uk/uploads/EAT45100EAT827002062002/index.htm

Bullies face the sack under zero tolerance crackdown on workplace bullying
Research by the Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society) concludes that the UK workplace is increasingly becoming a zero tolerance zone for bullies (this is not reflected in calls to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line yet!): http://www.theworkfoundation.com/newsroom/pressreleases.jsp?ref=64

Bullying and harassment top the list of UK employee complaints
Bullying and harassment top the list of employee complaints, according to a survey of UK human resource managers by employment research body IRS. 45% of complaints were about harassment and bullying, followed by discipline at 27%. Complaints about new working practices and grading issues comprised 23% and 22% respectively.

Bullying cases involving teachers
Long-serving teacher ousted by head over minor incident:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F08%2F22%2Fnwimp22.xml
I receive lots of enquiries from the special needs sector:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F07%2F27%2Fnpack27.xml

Bullying and harassment in nursing
UK government pledges to tackle harassment of nurses by patients: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2238386.stm whilst study reveals ongoing recruitment and retention of NHS staff: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2238892.stm

ANF Zero Tolerance Policy on violence at work
The Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) launched its policy in April with the aim of eliminating occupational violence and aggression against nurses in the workplace: http://www.ohsrep.org.au/Interviews/Zero.html

Free workplace bullying workshops in Melbourne, Australia
The Australian Institute of Public Safety will be holding free workshops during Community Safety Month 2002 in October: http://www.aic.gov.au/research/cvp/occupational/index.html

Over 5000 vote in OHS bullying poll
http://www.ohsrep.org.au/journal/4/Poll.html

UN whistleblower investigator wins case
Nebraska policewoman Kathryn Bolkovac wins unfair dismissal case for exposing sex abuse in Bosnia: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F08%2F07%2Fwbos07.xml

South Carolina Judges Seek to Ban Secret Settlements
Ban proposes end to gagging clauses: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/02/national/02JUDG.html?todaysheadlines

Prison launches bullying hotline
http://www.thisishull.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=61026&command=displayContent&sourceNode=61025&contentPK=2384388

Office rage drives workers to brink of violence
http://www.orange-today.co.uk/business/story/sm_649234.html

Bullying and wrongdoing go hand-in-hand
Financial misappropriation is so common in bullying cases it can almost be assumed. Recent accounting scandals should ring alarm bells: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/business/2002/scandals/

As workplace abuse escalates why don't we working people confront it collectively?
Judith L Wyatt has updated her 1988 groundbreaking article, Understanding Work Abuse: http://home.netcom.com/~workfam1/commun1.htm

European week on stress
http://agency.osha.eu.int/publications/magazine/5/en/index.htm

Lincoln Cathedral row continues
Parents and congregation add their voice to the debate: http://ypn.co.uk/scripts/editorial2.cgi?cid=news&aid=480568

Haggis now weapon of mass destruction
A Scottish woman at the centre of a possible race attack is attacked by a flying haggis: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1347149.stm

Machete attack filmed on CCTV
Revenge attack lands man in court: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2189291.stm

Teachers face violence from all sides:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2191422.stm

No NHS treatment facilities for Complex PTSD
The UK government is facilitating a new system of patient feedback: http://www.doh.gov.uk/involvingpatients/tab.htm

Employment tribunal rejects PTSD as reason for delay
Disabled woman loses claim: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F08%2F31%2Fnbul31.xml#5

Inquiry into aspects of Australian workers' compensation schemes
Contributor voices fears of improper behaviour: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ewr/wkc/subs.htm and http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ewr/wkc/subs/sub09.pdf

1 in 10 New Yorkers Has PTSD
Trauma of September 11 lingers in wide NYC area: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/2950.2625

15% of New York children expected to develop PTSD
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=570&ncid=753&e=1&u=/nm/20020826/sc_nm/attack_children_psychology_dc_2

The campaign goes on
..for justice in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster: http://www.contrast.org/hillsborough/

Fat cats go on getting fatter
Bosses' pay sees big rise: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2194811.stm

The perils of online dating
Internet stalkers and cyber love rats: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2197441.stm

Munchausen Syndrome may also involve pet abuse
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=571&ncid=751&e=1&u=/nm/20020906/hl_nm/illness_pets_dc

Conference papers reprinted
Papers presented at the International Workplace Bullying Conference (Adelaide, February 2002) have been reprinted and include a couple of late items. Details from Sandra Dann, Director, Working Women's Centre SA Inc: sandra@wwc.org.au

IT workers most likely to forward offensive emails
http://www.shout99.com/contractors/showarticle.pl?id=12156&n=265

More on cyber crimes
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2233763.stm

 


 

Support groups

DAWN -- the recently established anti-bullying in the workplace support and campaign group in the West Midlands, England -- will be launching its website on Monday 16th September 2002: http://www.dignityatworknow.org.uk
As part of European Health & Safety Week, the West Midlands Hazards Trust and DAWN are jointly organising a 'Dignity at Work' Seminar on Saturday 19th October 2002, 10 am to 2 pm, to be held at T&GWU, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham. For more see http://www.dignityatworknow.org.uk


Books

Widespread abuse of teachers
Breaking the silence: overcoming the problem of principal mistreatment of teachers, Joseph Blase and Jo Blase, Corwin Press, August 2002: http://www.corwinpress.com/ and click the cover or search for the title.

Workplace bullying
From the UK: Fighting Back: overcoming bullies in the work place, David Graves, McGraw Hill: http://www.trainingtogoltd-ttg.co.uk/index.php?page=98
From the US: The Dragon Complex: strategies for identifying and conquering workplace abuse, Winnifred Taylor PhD, Patrick C Dorin PhD, John Taylor PhD: http://www.cypresspublishing.com/booklist/dragon/
From Australia: Bullying in the Workplace - an occupational hazard, Helene Richards and Sheila Freeman, HarperCollins, May 2002: http://www.sheilafreemanconsulting.biz/bullying.htm

Toxic Coworkers: How to Deal with Dysfunctional People on the Job
By Alan A. Cavaiola PhD, and Neil J Lavender PhD: http://blueprint.bluecrossmn.com/topic/brtoxic

Narcissistic bosses
From the US: Working With the Self-Absorbed, Nina Brown: http://www.odu.edu/webroot/orgs/IA/university_news.nsf/ab58b4d56ae62de0852567a1006692b5/92a5dafe06bb60ab85256bf3006ced9c?OpenDocument

Bully in sight sells 7000th copy
Many thanks to all who have invested in a copy and helped support my web site and work: successunlimited/books/bismain.htm


SCHOOL BULLYING

Bullies rapped
A pilot bullying project called RAPP at Sydney Smith School, Anlaby (Hull, UK) is a success with pupils: http://www.thisishull.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=61026&command=displayContent&sourceNode=61025&contentPK=2400882

BBC presenter tracks pupils
Gaby Roslin follows children as they return to school, and looks at how to deal with bullying: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/2241195.stm

Bullies stick together
Scottish target of bullying at school Michael McKinnon faces financial ruin by a defamation case in which witnesses were excluded. His advice about holding bullies accountable? "Keep quiet about being bullied. Shut up. Get out of the bully's way. Change schools if need be, but don't whatever you do report it.' More at http://www.sundayherald.com/27045

Norwegian man compensated for bullying
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=323919

6 years for boy, 17, who stabbed 'bully' to death
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F08%2F31%2Fnbul31.xml#1 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2225715.stm

School can be scary for targets of bullies
Youth violence still not taken seriously enough, experts say: http://www.canada.com/search/site/story.asp?id=AB1A0CA8-0371-4CDE-B8E8-26CF64A37A9A

Text message bullies face expulsion
Government to get tough on mobile phone abusers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2188136.stm and http://www.wired.com/news/school/0,1383,54771,00.html

GMTV features mobile phone bullying
http://www.gmtv.co.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3606

Scottish web site growing
The Anti-Bullying Network http://www.antibullying.net based in Edinburgh has a growing web site and the answered emails section contains lots of advice: http://www.antibullying.net/bullyboxfeedback.htm

Dress code
School uniforms provide endless opportunities for bullying and exclusion: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2182707.stm

KidzSchoolRights
All children behave as well as they are treated: http://www.biz-au.com/a/display1/kidzschoolrights/page4.html

Stressed kids leads to poor diet
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2240743.stm

Royalty bullied
Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has revealed that she was bullied at school because she suffered from dyslexia: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2190830.stm

School bullying in Canada
http://cbc.ca/news/national/news/bully/index.html

Who is responsible?
A teenage target of bullying is jailed for 50 years but little mention is made of those who pushed him over the edge, nor of those who failed to stop the bullying: workbullycide/overedge.htm

Banish bullying: Eliminating intimidation
An article by Kathy English: http://www.mochasofa.ca/family/program/articles/02august26a.asp

Anti-bullying posters
http://www.prim-ed.com/Prim-Ed_UK_HTML/Prim-Ed_HTML/html/st7001.html

New book
Does Your Child Have a Hidden Disability? Jill Curtis, Hodder and Stoughton, September 2002, £7.99. 'Invisible' disabilities are often hard to understand, and there is a section in the book about being extra vigilant about bullying of children with special needs: http://www.family2000.org.uk/does_your_child_have_a_hidden_disability.htm


MEDIA CORNER

Monstrous Bosses ... and how to be one
BBC 1, Thursday 12 September, 9pm: this one-hour documentary focuses on the behaviour and attitude of bosses and the impact of these on employees. Includes retrospective cases highlighting the bullying tactics of which many bosses are guilty.

Bullying of students at university
I'm Kate Crockett and I'm researching an article to pitch to one of the UK national's education sections. I would like to speak to any UK university students who have been bullied or who are being bullied about their experiences and about how they've coped. It's an interesting area which I think hasn't really been looked at. Contact me by email at kate.crockett@btopenworld.com

Nice Work
I'm Mayo Ogunlabi and I work for a BBC Radio 4 programme called Nice Work, which deals with work place issues. Our series starts on 27th August, and we are looking for someone in the UK to take part in an item about bullying in the workplace. If you are experiencing bullying from your boss or your colleagues, and you want practical advice about how to deal with it, please get in contact. Anonymity will be respected. Email us on Nicework@bbc.co.uk if you would like to take part.


New links and reminders

Here's a brilliant antidote to all those corporate cliches
http://www.despair.com/

Chief executives should be screened to weed out psychopaths
Robert Hare is one of the few people to understand this subject: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/020828/6/olra.html

UK ACAS web site has information on bullying and grievance procedures
http://www.acas.org.uk - it has a search facility

ILO "SOLVE" programme to address psychosocial problems at work
Integrating stress and violence into corporate policy: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/whpwb/solve/index.htm

Canada Safety Council
Bullying in the workplace: http://www.safety-council.org/info/OSH/bullies.html

Elaine Sadowski v. City of Pittsburgh
Improper dismissal: http://dpg-law.com/opinions/pa-suprm/9910/1193-sadowski.html

Mental Stress, Physical Illness
High Stress Levels Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke: http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/2950.2627

National Phobics Society
...provides support and information for those affected by anxiety disorders, including PTSD: http://www.phobics-society.org.uk/

Autism is like living on the wrong planet
Autistic sufferers frequently labelled "useless" but have high IQ: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2239060.stm

Autism link to 'geek genes'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2192611.stm

Stalking
I've recently updated my stalking page to include stalker types, Internet stalking, and the typical profile of the male Internet stalker: successunlimited/related/stalking.htm

Dr Irene's verbal abuse site
http://www.drirene.com/

Symptoms of emotional abuse
http://www.lilaclane.com/relationships/emotional-abuse/

Setting boundaries and learning to say no gracefully
http://www.sideroad.com/seamless/column17.html

More on boundaries
Setting Personal Boundaries - protecting self: http://joy2meu.com/Personal_Boundaries.htm

Workplace narcissism
Executives Are Smitten, and Undone, by Their Own Images: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/29/technology/29NECO.html

Bad bosses - where do they come from?
The last article at http://home.netcom.com/~workfam1/inthenew.htm

Coping with a bully boss
From handbag.com: http://www.handbag.com/careers/jane_bullyboss/

Are you dealing with a meeting bully?
http://www.effectivemeetings.com/teams/difficult/bully.asp

The 2001 National Work–Life Conflict Study: Report One
From Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/publicat/work-travail/

Bullying in the fire service
The intimidator: ambitious, aggressive but whose interests does he really have at heart? http://www.withthecommand.com/2002-Aug/MD-TMC-leader101.html

Corruption in the police
http://www.policecorruption.co.uk/home.htm and http://www.dorsetvictimsupport.org/main.html

For German speakers
Rechtssprechung, Pressemitteilungen und arbeitsrechtliche Fragen und Antworten zum Thema Mobbing:
http://www.bma.bund.de/index.cfm?8AC792DB077C4AB5BDB675A52577F0BE
Direktlink vom BMA zum Thema Schmerzensgeld/Schadensersatz bei Mobbing:
http://www.bma.bund.de/index.cfm?uuid=81E874F169AA4CC38F22EE2E4C5B9571&and _uuid=2C61F61284A443C7B13D7B86A36372F4


Quotes of the month

"It's not that the bully wants to take our ball. He wants the whole bloody playground." Frank Graves, on a Russian tycoon's efforts to take over a pulp mill.: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/13/international/europe/13RUSS.html?todaysheadlines

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad." Franklin D Roosevelt


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