Workplace bullying:

In 1999, the International Labour Organization declared workplace harassment and violence one of the most serious problems facing the workforce in the new millennium. At the time, 75 per cent surveyed said they were bullied at work.

The Canadian Safety Council reports that 75 per cent of victims of bullying leave their jobs and that workplace is four times more common than sexual harassment or workplace discrimination.

Source: CBC News.

Bullying is so wide spread, that even a chartered bank is willing to go as far as breaking the law to defend this behaviour in its Mississauga workplace.

I am a former employee of a chartered bank that has local branch operations in the city of Mississauga East- Cooksville. The manager of the branch where I worked engaged in bullying her staff and referred to me as a “loser” and a “nobody” on a daily basis. This bank manager also created a name-badge for me that displayed my name as Victor and my position at the bank being that of a “nobody”. The manager required me to wear this badge in the workplace, daily, until she deemed I was a “somebody”. After raising my concerns to the bank’s human resources department, I was fired from my job without any legal cause or reason; as determined by a Federal Labour Department Ruling on file No.MHWC02771, dated February 23, 2011. To my surprise, it took five gruelling years of lobbying the Federal Government via letters, e-mails, phone calls and attorneys to prosecute the bank for its multiple and transparent violations of the Canada Labour Code.

The government remained ever reluctant over those (5) years to address this matter or to enforce the law, and have since taken no action to protect Canadians who may encounter bullying in the workplace. This behaviour has become so normalized, that in the absence of government regulation, Canadians who are subjected to bullying and subsequent illegal labour practices, are required to single-handedly take on corporations who are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars defending their actions. Canadians should not be subjected to losing their employment when requesting the assistance of the employer to address bullying in the workplace.

Silence on this matter sets a damaging precedent and has negative repercussions that affect other residents of Canada and the U.S. In the year 2010, the province of Ontario highlighted Bill 168 to address workplace bullying, legislation that the Federal Government should replicate to protect Canadians going forward. Citizens and their children do not deserve to be bullied, and any corporation that is willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars defending this behaviour in Canada, needs to be stopped. 

Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon, The Member of Parliament for Mississauga East- Cooksville, is aware of this respective branch in his riding that is situated across the street and only meters away from his constituency office.

  • MP Lizon, we ask for you to take a stand against bullying, and advocate for the rights of all Canadians by requesting that your Conservative Government table anti-bullying legislation, which will deter federally regulated corporations in Canada, such as the bank in your riding, from breaking the law.

 

The government awarded me a net amount of $2,518.26 for the illegal termination, monies that rightfully belong to every Canadian who has lost their battle to bullying. I will spend this money on printing flyers and labels to petition our politicians to make workplace violence illegal in our community. Please lend your support and sign this petition to make bullying illegal in Canadian workplaces.

 

 

Letter to
MP Lizon
Federal HRSDC Critic MP Marjolaine Boutin- Sweet
Federal HRSDC Critic MP Chris Charlton
and 8 others
Federal Labour Critic MP Bellavance
Federal Labour Critic MP Rodger Cuzner
MP Dany Morin
The Honourable Thomas Mulcair
Minister of Labour Ms. Raitt
Federal Labour Critic The Hon. MP Boulerice
Office of the Minister of Labour Doug Smith
Leader, NDP / Chef, NPD Thomas Mulcair
I just signed the following petition addressed to: MP Lizon; Ms. Raitt - The Federal Minister for Labour; The Hon. Thomas Mulcair; MP Rodger Cuzner; MP Dany Morin; The Hon. MP Boulerice; MP André Bellavance; MP Chris Charlton; MP Marjolaine Boutin- Sweet and The BMO board of directors

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Table federal anti-bullying legislation in Canada: The appointment of an adjudicator to allow for natural justice to be served

MP Lizon & The Minister of Labour,

In 1999, the International Labour Organization declared workplace harassment and violence one of the most serious problems facing the workforce in the new millennium. At the time, 75 per cent surveyed said they were bullied at work.

The Canadian Safety Council reports that 75 per cent of victims of bullying leave their jobs and that workplace is four times more common than sexual harassment or workplace discrimination.
Source: CBC News.

Given your role as an elected member of the Government, we ask that you speak out, as you have knowledge of a corporation in your riding that was willing to defend bullying in the workplace to the extent of breaking the law. Constituents do not wish to experience a repeat of this event, where a citizen has to lobby the Government for (5) years to act on illegal labour practices that originated from bullying in the workplace. Silence on this matter sets a damaging precedent and has negative repercussions which affect other residents in all provinces across Canada. In the year 2010, the province of Ontario highlighted Bill 168 to address provincially regulated workplace bullying issues, legislation the Federal Government of Canada should replicate to protect Canadians going forward.

Citizens and their children do not deserve to be bullied, and any corporation that is willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars defending this behaviour and racial intolerance in your riding, needs to be stopped and exposed.

We ask for you to take a public stand against bullying, and advocate for the rights of all Canadians by having your Conservative Government table anti-bullying legislation, which will deter federally regulated corporations in Canada, such as the bank in your riding, from breaking the law.

Furthermore, I wish to ask why chartered banks are able to terminate the employment of workers who are off on disability leave, and remain immune from government prosecution under Section 239.1 of the Canada Labour Code which prohibits this practice? Canadians want to see justice served and we ask for the Minister of Labour to appoint an adjudicator without further delay to publicly hear the evidence presented in Assignment# MHW02643, that will allow for access to natural justice and set a precedent which will serve all Canadians.

I look forward to your response outlining the tangible action(s) you will be taking on this matter.

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