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September 2003

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WORKPLACE BULLYING

Seminars in Leeds
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 Leeds in September. The latter seminar on healing and recovery is attracting a lot of interest. Details at successunlimited/seminars/index.htm and you can book online.

Widow's brother blames 'bullies'
Did bullying cause Dr David Kelly to commit suicide? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F07%2F21%2Fnkell121.xml

Tom Kelly accused of harassment at work whilst at the BBC in Northern Ireland
An item in the Mail on Sunday (10 August 2003) reports that Tom Kelly was investigated for alleged harassment during the time he worked at BBC Northern Ireland. Tom Kelly is the Tony Blair spokesman who suggested that Iraq weapons expert Dr David Kelly was a "Walter Mitty" type. The Independent criticised Tom Kelly's comment about Dr David Kelly as "the low politics of this shabby attempt to discredit a distinguished scientist." Whilst at the BBC in Belfast five journalists filed a grievance for harassment after Mr Kelly reportedly shouted at a female colleague "Give me the f****** tape!". The case was not substantiated although Mr Kelly did apologise for his outburst.
Walter Mitty apology: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3127715.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3124677.stm
Profile of Tom Kelly: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3125267.stm

Journalists 'must protect whistleblowers'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3076813.stm

NHS whistleblowers victimised
30% of NHS employees who voice concerns over bullying, staffing levels, targets, waiting lists and bad practice have been subsequently victimised, according to a survey by public sector union Unison: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3006009.stm

Culture of bullying blights TV industry
28% of workers in the media have experienced bullying: http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=944802003
NUJ press release on "managing and damaging" at media/releases.htm#PR18
NUJ web pages: http://www.nuj.org.uk/front/inner.php?docid=575&doctypeid=8
NUJ 12-page booklet, "NUJ targets the bullies": (cover) http://www.nuj.org.uk/front/binshow.php?id=575&bin=2&PHPSESSID=b61dca7a045395e1deaa0f23e4cb5ae8 and (text) http://www.nuj.org.uk/front/binshow.php?id=575&bin=3&PHPSESSID=b61dca7a045395e1deaa0f23e4cb5ae8
The experience that led to the NUJ survey: www.helenreed.co.uk
An ongoing case: cases/case45.htm

City worker wins bullying damages
Former Cantor Fitzgerald employee Steven Horkulak wins £1m damages for treatment by brokerage firm president Lee Amaitis that went "beyond what anyone should have to put up with in the workplace": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3112899.stm

Men more willing to admit to being stressed
http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news_item.asp?id=9320

Work is killing you - literally
Major occupational diseases of the 21st century will be heart attacks, suicide and strokes - mostly caused by stress: http://www.hazards.org/workedtodeath/workedtodeath2.htm and http://www.hazards.org/workedtodeath/heartbreaker.pdf and http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-6932-f0.cfm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3124783.stm

Did you bother to notice Slacker Day?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2212233.stm

West Dorset Hospitals NHS Trust becomes first employer to be given official stress warning
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) becomes proactive in the fight against stress and bullying: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health/story.jsp?story=430762 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3124783.stm with the HSE management standards at http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/stresspilot/standards.htm

Pressures of work drove GP to commit suicide
Dr Dawn Harris was frustrated by, she believed, not being able to do more for her patients: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F08%2F06%2Fngp06.xml

Stressed workers miss out on holidays
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3101597.stm

Report says stress is top reason for time off
Employees stressed, employers not implementing simple procedures to deal with stress: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_809254.html?menu=

Teachers use drink and drugs for stress
Alcohol and anti-depressants are a feature of daily life for many teachers, according to a survey in Wrexham: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/3199143.stm

Stress is Number One cause of sickness absence
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/6229155?source=Evening%20Standard

Few people know the difference between positive stress and negative stress
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1027474,00.html

Scots lunch break getting shorter
Failure to take a lunch-break puts health and well-being at stake and damages productivity of Scottish business: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/030821/17/e6krr.html

Scottish research shows link between work pressures and road deaths
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/finance/drf170-00.asp

Travel agent wins £36K for stress
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/news/page.cfm?objectid=13281451&method=full&siteid=89488

TUC pushes for 48-hour week
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=20147

1 in 4 UK men work over 48 hours per week
http://www.labournet.net/ukunion/0309/hazards1.html

Work life balance in the spotlight
http://www.tesco.net/tesco_partnerframe.html?http://s.ivillage.com/uktesco/isp/wc/?redirect=http://www.ivillage.co.uk/workcareer/worklife/balnews/articles/0,,206_165442,00.html

One third of UK employers still don't get the work/life balance message
http://www.theworkfoundation.com/newsroom/pressreleases.jsp?ref=109

New Zealand government recognises value of work/life balance
http://www.beehive.govt.nz/ViewDocument.cfm?DocumentID=17591 and http://www.nzctu.org.nz/news/193.html

'High-performance' management practices, working hours and work/life balance
http://www.ingenta.com/isis/searching/ExpandTOC/ingenta;jsessionid=3pqj85ffo94rc?issue=infobike://bpl/bjir/2003/00000041/00000002&index=2

Unions can start to grow again by tapping an unmet demand for representation at work
But workers need to choose their union carefully as some unions may refuse representation (more on this next month): http://www.tuc.org.uk/organisation/tuc-7000-f0.cfm

Former council officer sues over job reference
http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticleMore2.aspx?SectionID=55&ArticleID=650449&Page=2&ReturnUrl=NewsFrontMore.aspx

Can you handle a bad boss?
http://www.tesco.net/tesco_partnerframe.html?http://s.ivillage.com/uktesco/isp/wc/?redirect=http://www.ivillage.co.uk/workcareer/worklife/balnews/articles/0,,206_165442,00.html

Kiwis tackle overwork and exhaustion
http://www.nzctu.org.nz/news/188.html

Stressed Aussies worked to death
UnionSafe warns that work practices, loss of job security, escalating demands, violence and bullying in the workplace result in heart attacks, strokes, disease, depression and suicide: http://www.unionsafe.labor.net.au/news/106014970226844.html

Call centre stink over time in loo
Streuth! Workers wages going down the pan: http://workers.labor.net.au/191/news4_stink.html

Workers' helpline reaching out to new employees
ACTU helpline, launched at the ACTU 2003 Congress in Melbourne, is designed to assist all workers, particularly those who are young or new to the workforce and have little idea about their rights: http://www.actu.asn.au/congress2003/news/1061425737_463.html

Worked To Death
Now appearing at a workplace closer than you think, the latest epi(c)demic Drop Dead At Work: http://www.hazards.org/workedtodeath/

US workers facing long-hours nightmare
'The fabric of American working life disintegrating under President Bush’s brand of compassionate conservatism', indicates a Labor Research Association briefing: http://www.laborresearch.org/story2.php/313

US workers urged to take back their time
http://www.simpleliving.net/timeday/

How do Americans manage to live with the stingiest vacations in the industrialized world?
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16611

APA and NIOSH joint conference finds worker stress, health reaching critical point
An article from May 1999 reveals American workers are working harder and longer than they have in the past two decades just to maintain their standard of living ... so have things got better? http://www.apa.org/monitor/may99/niosh.html

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health stress pages
NIOSH investigates stress at work: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/stresswk.html

Employees criticize retiring postal inspector general
Karla Corcoran angrily denies accusations of fraud, waste and abuse: http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1585824,00.html

UK staff may win more time off
... in return for the UK keeping its exemption from the EU limit on weekly working hours: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3131997.stm

European Working Time Directive not working
Amicus holds series of regional working time conferences: http://www.msf.org.uk/cgi-bin/news/db.cgi?db=default&uid=default&ID=463&view_records=1&ww=1

Bristol City Council trials new stress management standards
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_feat_det.asp?liArticleID=19859

Work stress taking larger financial toll
Is this really news? http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20030809/bs_nm/bizeconomy_stress_dc

T&G negotiators take tough line over new working hours regulations
http://www.tgwu.org.uk/newsrelease/2003/03252.htm

UK Government publishes guidance on teleworking
Includes stress and employee rights: http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/telework.pdf

Rising job stress could affect bottom line
An item in USA Today reports that workers suffer more mental and physical health problems related to job pressure: http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/25491/367412.html

Working conditions in USA the worst since the Depression
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43409-2003Jul24.html

Stress levels in USA hitting profits
http://www.usatoday.com/money/workplace/2003-07-29-stress_x.htm

USA stress is increasing dramatically
...says Dr Paul Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress (AIS): http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030809/bs_nm/bizeconomy_stress_dc_1 and http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1383475

Hold lawyers accountable in corporate fraud scandals
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=679&ncid=742&e=1&u=/usatoday/20030815/cm_usatoday/11598703

Friendlier workers more productive
...according to research from the University of Michigan: http://www.msnbc.com/news/952300.asp

Whistleblower on Niger uranium claim accuses White House of launching 'dirty-tricks campaign'
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=430315

Canadians manage work-life balance themselves
http://www.workrights.ca/News/+News+73003.htm

10% of Canadian adults have repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Says Statistic Canada study: http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030812/d030812b.htm

Stressed drivers vent frustration on traffic marshals
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/3128277.stm

Royal Mail harassment case halted
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) suspends investigation after Royal Mail promises to address problems: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3131297.stm

NHS cracks down on racism
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3077160.stm

David Beckham bullied by Sir Alex Ferguson
The infamous boot incident: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/3196841.stm

PA'a £10,000 for obscene emails 'shock'
Colleagues sent secret obscene e-mails about her: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3174137.stm

Legal questions and answers: bullying at work
Q&A following the Steven Horkulak case: http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_legal/legal_features_det.asp?ID=20076

Boardroom males still like to be on top
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=20148

UK companies rush to take gay audit before new law
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=435147

Corporate killing law still comatose
http://www.hazards.org/deadlybusiness/

Individuals should be prosecuted in limited circumstances
New HSE guidance says prosecution is in general warranted where the individuals have shown "wilful or reckless disregard for health and safety requirements, or there has been a deliberate act or omission that seriously imperilled their health/safety or the health/safety of others": http://www.corporateaccountability.org/press_releases/2003/Aug18.htm

Irish lecturers campaign to end ‘bullying’
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-765005,00.html

40% of teachers leave the profession within 3 years
Teacher Training Agency omits to mention stress, workload and low morale in its glossy ad campaigns: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/main.jhtml?xml=/education/2003/08/23/terjc23.xml&sSheet=/education/2003/08/23/ixteleft.html

Inquiry into Torridge District Council bullies half way there
Claims that staff morale was "as fragile as a souffle": http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=118869&command=displayContent&sourceNode=118868&contentPK=6739447

Stressed police to be given mental health checks
No mention of bullying as one cause of stress though: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3183505.stm

Registered sex offender gynaecologist reinstated
Charles Redman given his job back at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire: http://www.thesentinel.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=67725&command=displayContent&sourceNode=67252&contentPK=6753617

Sex offences teacher won't face charges
http://www.news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=963252003

Soldier 'frozen out' after complaining of sexual assault
Lance Corporal Lindsay Blair was attacked by a drunken sergeant major in 1996 who was later fired; now Ms Blair loses tribunal case: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/3144379.stm

Father says soldier son was bullied to death
Lance Corporal Derek McGregor is the 13th soldier to commit suicide at the Army's Catterick Barracks, North Yorkshire, England: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/3130175.stm

New claims over Deepcut deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3139753.stm

Grudge killer theory at Deepcut Army barracks
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=13253318&method=full&siteid=50143

Deepcut soldier faces new sex charges
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3165031.stm

Man killed protecting girl from bullies
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/content_objectid=13320808_method=full_siteid=50143_headline=-KILLED-FOR-STANDING-UP-TO-YOBS-name_page.html

Prison overcrowding reach record levels
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3146005.stm

UK prison suicides reach record levels
105 prisoners committed suicide in 2002-2003; Durham was the top prison for suicides: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3145851.stm

Prisons are bad for mental health of prisoners and prison officers
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/327/7413/480 and http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=20200

US Roman Catholic Church offers compensation to sexual abuse victims
The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Boston has offered £55m to settle lawsuits by the alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3137051.stm

Vatican document reveals sex abuse cover-up
Lawyers for victims of sexual abuse claim the document proves that the Vatican has systematically obstructed justice to protect Catholic pedophile priests. The Catholic Church is not the only institution to protect pedophiles. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3157555.stm and http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1020485,00.html

Dismay as international paedophile probe fails
350 people investigated during but not one person charged: http://www.news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=932562003

Prozac helps hippocampus learning and memory brain cells regenerate, allegedly
If only I could remember where I read it. [Swallows Prozac] Oh yes, at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3136613.stm

Depression takes huge toll in the workplace
Depression is a common symptom of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from long-term bullying and abuse: http://www.psychologytoday.com/htdocs/prod/PTOArticle/PTO-20030722-000001.asp

Action strategies for combating depression
Building self-esteem is tough when you're depressed: http://www.psychologytoday.com/htdocs/prod/PTOArticle/PTO-20031001-000001.asp and http://www.psychologytoday.com/htdocs/prod/PTOArticle/PTO-20031224-000003.asp

Dietary supplement Creatine can boost memory and intelligence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3145223.stm

Students need more counselling
Depression, self-harm and suicide not getting the attention they require: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3167277.stm

Supermarket cashiers forced to wear nappies in lieu of loo breaks
In case "cold, nerves, pressure or stress" provoke incontinence. Can you imagine this with Tesco, Sainsburys or Marks and Spencer? Walmart-ASDA workers might like to take note: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/01/1059480558480.html

Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell denies he's a bully
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=13277945&method=full&siteid=50143

 

SCHOOL BULLYING

Death of a schoolboy
After years of being relentlessly bullied, 11-year-old Thomas Thompson committed suicide by taking an overdose: http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1028851,00.html

Bullies likely to become criminals
Report reveals how bullying causes loneliness, depression and suicidal tendencies among targets and foreshadows crime and violence by perpetrators: http://edition.cnn.com/2003/EDUCATION/09/04/sprj.sch.bullying.prevention.ap/index.html

UK government finally takes school bullying seriously
Education minister Ivan Lewis promises a "new zero tolerance approach to bullying in our schools": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3197841.stm

New York adopts wrong solution to ending harassment of gays etc
...by failing to address the source of the problem, which remains: http://www.nationalpost.com/search/site/story.asp?id=2B89C2D0-5F18-4A15-9D0F-37D4DBAF38DE

The need for bully prevention
US Department of Health and Human Services to launch national bullying prevention campaign: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/0803bully0803.html

Delinquents terrorise staff at Geilsland School in Beith, Ayrshire
... who say `lunatics are taking over the asylum': http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/news/page.cfm?objectid=13303842&method=full&siteid=89488

Bullying: A Serious Business
How you can protect your child: http://www.child.com/moms_dads/parenthood_issues/bullying_yf.jsp

New South Wales parents take a stand
National Children's and Youth Law Centre says the demand for legal advice is growing, with bullying a prominent issue: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/14/1058034927846.html

Bangor (Northern Ireland) teenager up for award
Naomi Ellison overcame bullying and is nominated for finals of Hi-Q Local Heroes competition: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=436456

Bullied kids turn into MPs
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/news/page.cfm?objectid=13277154&method=full&siteid=89488

Full Stop 2 Bullying
Gemma Langs's campaign is dedicated to preventing bullying and the pain and hurt that goes with it: http://hometown.aol.co.uk/ellelouiselang/bullying.html

As if bullying wasn't enough, adults are haunted by memories of school dinners too
Memories of cheap cost-cutting school dinners including tapioca, cabbage, overcooked vegetables, lumpy mashed potato, lumpy custard, liver, semolina and gristly (or should that be grisly?) meat lead to long-term altered food habits including vegetarianism: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3125493.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2976010.stm

Author has new web site
Robert Higgs, author of Bullying: What Have I Ever Done To You? http://www.roberthiggs.co.uk/

Website helps grieving families cope with child suicide
Swindon, England, writer Jan Andersen sets up web site for parents who have lost a child to suicide: http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/wiltshire/www/WILTS_WWW1.html and http://childsuicide.homestead.com./

International School Safety Association (ISSA)
School safety is the responsibility of everyone, staff, students, parents and the community. However, the teachers are the first to read the warnings signs of danger when a student is going over the edge. This can be prevented by active safety work. We are looking for partners and associates in European schools. Our goal in the ISSA is to create a safe and sound school environment, free from crime and harassments, where students can learn and teachers can teach. By teaching an awareness of how security and safety can be created in each school, we hope that the school will be the safe haven it is supposed to be. The schools choose their level of security; parents choose their children’s school. A school without safety will soon be a school without students. The ISSA offers training in school safety assessment and audits so that the schools themselves can arrange the safety work. We also offer the safety work to be done by our School Safety Professionals. For more information, please contact Bo Munthe, School Safety Professional at bo.munthe@chello.se or visit our web page http://www.issa.nu

 

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

Bullying social services and child protection
I'm a freelance filmmaker currently developing a documentary about bullying in social services. I am very keen to speak to people who could tell me about where bullying is currently ongoing in child protection. Please contact Carl Callam tel 07941 344 991 or carlcallam@yahoo.com

Sex in the City
BBC Current Affairs team is investigating bad working practices in the City of London's financial firms. We'd like to hear from anyone who has experienced bullying or racial or sexual discrimination/harassment by colleagues or bosses at work. All calls will treated in strictest confidence. Please either leave a message on our 24 hour hotline ansaphone 0208 752 6316 or email us at insidethecity@bbc.co.uk with your story. We are looking to start filming end of August through to mid-September so if you are interested please do contact us as soon as possible!

Royal Mail tackles bullying and harassment
BBC Radio is looking into whether recent policies to tackle bullying and harassment at the Royal Mail are working, for a possible radio documentary. If you live in the UK and have had any experience of these issues there, then we would like to hear from you. Please contact researcher POLLY HOPE via email polly.hope.01@bbc.co.uk. Nothing you tell us will go on the record without your consent and your anonymity can be preserved if this is your preference.

Lifeline, Birmingham, England
I'm Alex and I'm a researcher for Carlton TV on a programme called Lifeline, which is a 1m 30sec piece that transmits each day at 3.10pm. We cover the Midlands area of the UK including Oxford, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Derby etc. We would like to interview someone who has suffered bullying and is willing to talk about their experiences. They would have to live in our area and we would travel to their home. At the end of the programme we offer an address so people can write for more information. Please contact me if you'd like to part: Alex Seabright, Tel 0121 634 4372, email Alex.Seabright@carltontv.co.uk

Bullied by a psychopath?
An independent Canadian production company, The May Street Group, is producing a documentary about psychopaths for Canadian Television and Discovery Channel. The documentary will look at the phenomena of the psychopath and the damage that psychopaths cause - not only through criminal activities but also in the workplace. The documentary also looks at current research into tests to identify psychopaths and ways to limit the damage they inflict. We are looking for individuals situated in the Greater London area, UK, who have personal stories about interaction with psychopaths in the work place and who would be willing to give a videotaped interview. Real names need not be used and faces and voices can be disguised, if required, to totally protect the identity of the story-teller. If you are willing to participate please email a brief outline of your story to maystreet@maystreet.ca

Female on female bullying:
I'm Simone Coakham and I'm a researcher at Betty Television looking to speak to women who have experienced bullying in the work place from another Female colleague. Betty Television is making a factual Drama for BBC3 about female on female bullying. To help the script writer create a realistic script, we want to talk to women who have first hand experience of bullying at work. If you don't mind having a confidential chat and live anywhere in the UK, please call me, Simone on T:020 7290 0668 or email me at simone@bettytv.co.uk

Cosmopolitan magazine
I'm Charlotte Northedge and I'm a features writer at Cosmopolitan magazine, currently researching an article about women who are bullied, both in their workplace and their social lives. I am focusing on women who have experienced being ganged up on by groups of other women - whether it was subtle or more open. I'm particularly interested in speaking to women in the UK between the ages of 20 and 35 who have any experience of this. Please contact me in confidence. Charlotte Northedge, charlotte.northedge@natmags.co.uk

Children's Express Newcastle
I'm Phillip Clark, a 15 year old, working with a team at Children's Express Newcastle to produce a story on bullying and all the aspects involved with that. Children's Express is a programme of learning through journalism for young people aged 8-18. We have strong links with local newspapers and the majority of our work is published in the media. For more information on Children's Express, please check out the website on www.childrens-express.org. We are looking to interview a wide range of people; we are particularly interested in interviewing a young person who has experienced bullying and is willing to talk about it (you can remain anonymous if wished). We are also looking to interview a parent whose child has, or is, being bullied. Interviews will take place by telephone, if you would like to take part and are living in the UK please e-mail me at clarkie27@hotmail.com

Radio diary
I'm Heather Goddard and I'm a news researcher for BBC Radio Norfolk. I'm interested in finding a child who is being bullied at school with the aim of recording their thoughts and views in a radio diary format. I am specifically looking for a child from the Norfolk area. They can remain anonymous if need be. I feel very strongly about this having been bullied at school myself and am positive that such a diary will raise awareness of bullying amongst our listeners, many of whom who have children. Contact Heather Goddard, tel 01603 284797, email heather.goddard@bbc.co.uk

Teenage bullying
My name is Rhona Mercer and I am the writer for a new teen magazine from the BBC which will be launched later this year. I am currently working on a bullying feature and I'm keen to interview a selection of teenagers for this article. If you are or have been a bully, I'd love to interview you and get your point of view. If you are the victim of bullying it would be great to speak to you too. If you're interested in talking to me about your experiences, please contact me on rhona.mercer@bbc.co.uk

More media requests at workbully/media.htm

 

SUPPORT GROUPS AND FORUMS

Confederation of UK Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups
The setting-up of a Confederation of UK Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups will be considered at a seminar to be held in Birmingham, England, on Saturday 18th October 2003. Further information can be obtained from Keith Munday, by email: keith@dignityatworknow.org.uk by mobile: 07748 540332, or by writing to: DAWN, PO Box 11435, Birmingham, B32 2WD. See also the item below headed Establishing Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups.

Powys, mid-Wales
We're building up a party of interested people to start a new support group covering Builth Wells, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells - all in Powys, mid-Wales. Contact Vicky via email at bullied_at_work@hotmail.com

The London Support Group
The LSG is a group for people who have suffered from workplace bullying and meet at various locations in and around London on a monthly basis. We are a friendly group of like-minded people who meet in a safe environment and discuss the many aspects of bullying including workplace, legal, health and recovery issues. We also see socialising as an integral part of the support/recovery process. Membership of the support group is open to targets of bullying only and we also offer a secure internet forum for keeping in touch between meetings. For further information, please visit the LSG forum home page http://groups.yahoo.com/group/londonsupportgroup/ where there are directions on how to apply for membership.

 

NEW LINKS AND REMINDERS

Evelyn Field's bullying web site
http://www.bullying.com.au/

Workplace mobbing in academe
...by Kenneth Westhues, Professor of Sociology, University of Waterloo, Canada: http://www.arts.uwaterloo.ca/~kwesthue/mobbing.htm

Beyond bullying in New Zealand
http://www.beyondbullying.co.nz/

Legal resources in the UK
http://www.legaljunction.co.uk/employment.htm

This guy's mission is the antithesis of bullying
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3120945.stm

Raising the emotional intelligence of young people
http://www.thethinkingclassroom.co.uk/discoveryproject.htm

Why workers need to have feelings
Emotional intelligence a prerequisite for high performance: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3020953.stm

Who Can You Count On?
Looks, race, even weather may play a role in whether you’ll get a helping hand: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/US/2020_bystanderapathy030829.html

Clinical research study for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
http://www.ptsdstudy.com

The trauma of betrayal
http://mysite.freeserve.com/heleng/index.htm

Support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England
www.spectrum-lgbt.org and the Clare Project at http://members.lycos.co.uk/suzi_james/CP_article.html

Sex hormone controls fear
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3142075.stm

Words, not bullets, make the workplace hostile
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/20813/23598.html

Emotional intelligence
What targets have, but bullies don't: http://eqi.org/history.htm

Sexual harassment
An article from the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: http://www.ncptsd.org/publications/rq/rqpdf/V14N1.PDF

Essentials of litigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder claims
by Mark I. Levy, MD, FAPA: http://www.lawandpsychiatry.com/html/ptsd.html

10 tips for managers to reduce organisational stress
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=19997

The American Institute of Stress
Job stress examined: http://www.stress.org/job.htm

What divides America
A Newsweek article in which author Robert W Fuller argues that neither racism nor sexism but 'rankism' keeps all from being equal: http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpful033398922aug03,0,1952207.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

Poor management and self-protective attitude compromised safety and led to Columbia shuttle disaster
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3183745.stm and http://spewingforth.blogspot.com/2003_08_24_spewingforth_archive.html#106200188563522520

What's going on with mobbing, bullying and work harassment internationally
http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/article.cfm?articleid=19430&where

Bullywise training program in Victoria, Australia
http://www.edcentre.vic.edu.au and http://www.bullywise.com/

Modern management makes workplace more dangerous
http://au.news.yahoo.com/030824/21/ld3v.html and http://www.hazards.org/haz81/ilodecentwork.htm and http://unionsafe.labor.net.au/safety_reps/106203825530743.html

Prince Edward Island's verbal abuse web site
http://www.walkfortalk.org/

Violence at Work - latest news and cases
See http://www.violenceatwork.co.uk and click "What's New?" and then "Work Violence related News".

Preventing violence and harassment in the workplace
A report from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions: http://www.eurofound.eu.int/publications/files/EF02109EN.pdf

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

Links to violence and abuse in the workplace
http://open-site.org/Society/Issues/Violence_and_Abuse/Workplace/

Narcissism in the Workplace online conference transcript http://healthyplace.com/Communities/personality_disorders/site/Transcripts/narcissism_workplace.htm

The Experiences of Child Complainants of Sexual Abuse in the Criminal Justice System
by Dr Christine Eastwood and Prof Wendy Patton at Queensland University of Technology: http://www.aic.gov.au/crc/reports/eastwood.html

 

Conferences, meetings, seminars and training

Tim Field shares his insight
Next venue: Leeds, England, September 25 and 26.
Understanding and tackling bullying at work
: successunlimited/seminars/s1b.htm
Recovery and re-empowerment after bullying and abusive life events: successunlimited/seminars/s1b.htm

Establishing Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups
Establishing Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups is a seminar being organised by DAWN in Birmingham, England, on Saturday 18th October 2003, 10.15am to 4pm. Approximate cost £10. Updated details available at www.dignityatworknow.org.uk from 8th September. The event aims to enable those who have set up support groups to share their experience with those who are in the planning stages of their own support group in their own area. The event has the endorsement of the Andrea Adams Trust and The Field Foundation. At the end of the seminar there will be discussion of a proposal to establish a Confederation of UK Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Support Groups. For further information and to register your interest, email DAWN chairperson Keith Munday at keith@dignityatworknow.org.uk, or ring mobile 07748540332, or write to DAWN, PO Box 11435, Birmingham, B32 2WD.

Bullying conference in Australia
http://lockehayes.com.au/news/

Moving Beyond Bullies and Victims
A bilingual conference on bullying across the lifespan; October 1-4th, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: http://extend.unb.ca/conference/bullying/

National Coalition Against Bullying (NCAB) conference on school bullying
The best years of our lives ... or are they? Melbourne, Australia, November 2003: http://www.buddybear.com.au/buddy_frm.cfm?p=news

 

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

Employer Liability for Workplace Trauma
by Des Butler, Queensland University of Technology associate professor of law, Ashgate Gower, UK

Workplace Bullying - a costly business secret
New Zealand's first book on workplace bullying, By Andrea Needham, available 16 September 2003: http://www.beyondbullying.co.nz/stories.htm

The Evolution of Modern Management in Britain 1852 to 1979
by Dr Edward Brech who nine years ago at the youthful age of 85 achieved Britain's first doctorate in management history. "I'd like to see it as a module on a university syllabus." commented a sprightly 94-year-old Dr Brech: http://www.thoemmes.com/economics/brech_feat.htm

 

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Light relief

I'm making no comment on this one
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3125181.stm

UK workers bullied by heatwave
Whingeing Poms stereotype likely to be strengthened: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3126087.stm whilst one Swede comes up with an innovative solution: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3129401.stm - just imagine if this caught on? Conservative party cabinet ministers in high heels? Or is that nothing new?

Far be it from me to sink to the depths of cheap political cartoonery
On second thoughts, what the hell? Judge for yourself: http://www.geocities.com/gwborchimp/

Or sink to the depravity of casting aspersions on our fine academic tradition
But I nearly wet myself with this delightful tribute: http://www.cynicalbastards.com/ubs/index.html

Tim Field's contribution to Colemanballs in Private Eye
Heard on the 5:30pm news briefing on Oxfordshire's Fox FM on Monday 11 August 2003: "Pop Idol judges say they think they know who the next winner of Pop Idol will be but they're not sure if it's a boy or a girl."

 

Reader feedback on Bully in sight

Bully in sight highlights the typical and transparent types of behaviour a bully inflicts on its victim. However the victim is not empowered with the knowledge  to recognise this at the time. Yet Bully in sight articulates the victims gut feeling that something is not right ... I wish I'd read Bully in sight when I experienced bullying by a group of women over an 18 month period many years ago - things would definitely have turned out different ... Anyone who is being bullied or knows someone who is going through this - must be given this book. Reading your book is like being inoculated against a deadly disease. Bully in sight will teach them to articulate that 'gut feeling', snap out of their denial and give them the skills to fight back. (JG)

 

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