Concerns About Potential Exploitation of Teenage Workers

Reported by Zoe | 26 Dec, 2013

Both unions and parents have voiced their concerns about young people that are working in hospitality and retail at a time when many teenage workers are earning some additional pocket money during the school holidays. South Australia and Tasmania do not have specific child labour laws in place and there are concerns that these young …

Comcare Investigates Allegations of Bullying in Tassie Senator’s Office

Reported by Zoe | 12 Dec, 2013

Comcare, the commonwealth health and safety agency, has investigated three allegations of bullying and harassment at a Tasmanian senators office in 2012 and 2013. The result of the investigation is a finding of “an unhealthy workplace culture and environment which was having an adverse impact on morale, health and wellbeing”. The senator disputed the allegations …

Inquest Hears About Relentless Bullying of Young Apprentice

Reported by Zoe | 02 Dec, 2013

A 16-year-old teenager began his train building apprenticeship in March 2008 and by October the same year he had taken his own life reportedly because of relentless bullying within the workplace. According to reports, the 16-year-old had been on the receiving end of such relentless and violent bullying by his supervisor and workmates that his …

NSW Health System Suffering from Bullying According to Survey

Reported by Zoe | 26 Jul, 2013

A new survey has revealed that seven of the ten government agencies that have the most issues with bullying in NSW are local health districts. In the worst district, approximately three quarters of the staff stated that they had seen some type of bullying in the workplace last year. In the other districts two thirds …

Research Reveals 1 in 3 Workers Believe They Have Been Bullied

Reported by Zoe | 21 Mar, 2013

Slater and Gordon, a national law firm, recently commissioned independent research into bullying in the workplace. The results of this research showed that more than 1 in 3 participants said that they had experienced bullying in the workplace. For the survey more than 1000 Australian workers over the age of 18 were questioned and 34% …

Bullying Claims Cost Business Whether Real or Imagined

Reported by Zoe | 25 Feb, 2013

The last few years has seen a dramatic increase of bullying allegations, some real and others that are mainly unsubstantiated. What this means though for business is that regardless of the substance of an allegation there is a process that must be followed which has an associated cost. Experts in mental health are saying, according …

National Science Agency Told to Protect Staff from Bullying

Reported by Zoe | 05 Dec, 2012

Comcare, the federal work safety authority, has instructed the CSIRO to ensure that its workers are protected from psychological injuries caused by harassment and bullying. An improvement notice was issued to the scientific organisation by Comcare that stated that the way it responded to bullying, misconduct, workplace conflict, psychological stress or injury was not up …

Widespread Bullying in Ambulance Service According to Survey

Reported by Zoe | 02 Dec, 2012

According to an ABC news report today a survey of Ambulance Victoria employees has revealed that there is widespread bullying and issues with morale in the wokplace. The Opposition in Victoria stated that 880 employees were surveyed and one in three were bullied according to the results with two thirds thinking of leaving because of …

Australia’s bullying laws unsatisfactory, says legal expert

Reported by Haydee | 11 Sep, 2012

A bullying case wherein a young worker was set on fire by a co-worker points to serious workplace health and safety system deficiencies, says legal experts. Prominent anti-bullying lawyer Moira Rayner is pushing for the establishment of a national tribunal to allow civil claims. In an interview with ABC News, she said that bullying laws …

Australian Airline fined for Mistreatment of Worker

Reported by Zoe | 16 Aug, 2012

An Australian Airline has lost its appeal against a fine for mistreating an employee who submitted a complaint about his conditions at work. But in the historic decision one of the Airlines senior managers who was allegedly responsible for the unfair treatment was fined as well. The worker is an aircraft engineer who made a …

Alleged assault to bus driver sparks potential school ban

Reported by Haydee | 11 May, 2012

Bus drivers have threatened to ban students from a Gold Coast High School, after a student allegedly assaulted a driver on Wednesday. According to Yahoo News, the bus driver stopped to collect more children and asked some students to make space for more passengers when he was suddenly punched in the face. The Education Department …