Have you ever been bullied in your workplace?
Any form of bullying -- from being deliberately left out, all the way through to extreme acts of violence -- can really hurt. That’s why a recent parliamentary inquiry found that bullying was a form of psychological violence.
Thankfully, our government is doing something about this, finalising a code of practice for Australian workplaces: Preventing & Responding to Workplace Bullying. We need to tell Bill Shorten, Minister for Workplace Relations, that these comprehensive anti-bullying measures need to be implemented.
But employer groups are lobbying hard. Some have opposed the introduction of a code, whilst others want to water down their responsibilities to make the code as weak as possible.
We need to make it clear that bullying in the workplace is unacceptable and that we must take action to keep our workplaces healthy. We need to stand together and send a strong message to counter the lobbying by these employer groups.
Let’s make sure Minister Shorten hears loud and clear that Australian workers want to end workplace bullying.
Ensure all aspects of bullying and prevention are covered by the code, including organisational change, leadership styles, workplace relationships and workforce characteristics.