Damages for Workplace Bullying Awarded to Corrections Officer

Reported by Zoe | 19 Dec, 2013

Damages of $125,000 for pain and suffering have been awarded against the Department of Justice for workplace bullying. These damages, along with $188,000 for the loss of past and future earnings were awarded to a former corrections officer in a judgement at Melbourne’s County Court. The Judge said that the female ex-corrections officer was bullied …

Work Safety Month: Unions Focus on Workplace Bullying

Reported by Zoe | 08 Oct, 2013

Figures recently released in Tasmania show that work-related harassment and bullying injuries have decreased in the last twelve months however Kevin Harkins, the head of Unions Tasmania, says that there is still more work to do. Mr Harkins said that, “Bullying can have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the targeted individuals …

CSIRO independent report findings on workplace bullying released

Reported by Haydee | 20 Aug, 2013

CSIRO has released this month the General Findings Report of the independent investigator, Professor Dennis Pearce AO on the allegation of workplace bullying by former and current staff. CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark endorsed the report’s recommendation and said that they are committed to addressing the issues mentioned in the report. “I would like …

Project Investigates Workplace Bullying and Effects

Reported by Zoe | 28 Jun, 2013

A report has been released, ‘The relationship between work characteristics, wellbeing, depression and workplace bullying’ that explains the initial findings of a joint project being conducted by Safe Work Australia and The Australian National University. In the report it is shown that particular conditions and experiences in the workplace may raise the risk of depression …

Draft code of practice for bullying now open for public comment

Reported by Haydee | 07 Jun, 2013

Public comment is being sought for the draft model Work Health and Safety Code of Practice for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying. The draft model Code of Practice includes a Workers Guide to managing workplace bullying. The model Code of Practice was previously released for public comment in 2011. The current draft model Code …

Federal Budget Set to Allocate $20 Million for Bullying Fight

Reported by Zoe | 11 May, 2013

The Herald Sun has revealed that the Fair Work Commission will be allocated $20 million in Tuesday’s Federal Budget to take on the new role dealing with workplace bullying from July 1 this year. Currently lost productivity because of bullying costs the economy about $36 billion a year. Recently Bill Shorten, the Workplace Relations Minister, …

ACCI rejects bullying provisions

Reported by Haydee | 24 Apr, 2013

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has rejected provisions to establish a new bullying jurisdiction. These provisions are part of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013, which is now before a Senate inquiry. The bill will give effect to the federal government’s response to the report, Workplace Bullying – We just want to stop …

Study: Many Australians feel discriminated by employers

Reported by Haydee | 03 Apr, 2013

A new study found that almost a million of Australian workers feel their boss had discriminated against them over recent years. According to a new study conducted by the University of Melbourne, 854,000 workers felt they were discriminated by their employer because of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion or parenting responsibilities. Associate Professor Roger Wilkins …

Building industry concerned over new bullying provisions

Reported by Haydee | 19 Feb, 2013

The building and construction industry has expressed their concern over the bullying initiatives announced this month by Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten. Master Builders Australia is concerned the government’s bullying provisions will conflict with Codes of Practice being developed by State and Territory governments. According to Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer of Master …

Union petitions oil company to give workers a break

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2012

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is asking workers and the community to sign a petition asking a leading oil company to give its employers a break and to stop bullying workers. According to a news release released by the union, labourers have been banned from using chairs and told not to sit down …

Workplace bullying inquiry recommends establishment of national service for harassed workers

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2012

Minister Bill ShortenPhoto: Ministers’ Media Centre A parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying urges the Federal Government to establish a national service to provide advice and assistance to workers and employers. The inquiry also recommends a hotline service for harassed workers. Three hundred submissions were heard, most of them from workers who have been bullied, as …

Prison Guard Seeks Compensation for Workplace Bullying

Reported by Zoe | 23 Oct, 2012

A 53-year-old prison officer has filed a writ in the Supreme Court and is suing the state of Victoria and the Department of Justice for what he claims is a case of severe workplace bullying. The prison officer worked in a minimum-security prison in rural Victoria until he was disabled through injury in 2009 according …

Some workers take advantage of workplace bullying laws, experts say

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2012

A new research on workplace bullying revealed that bosses are hesitant to discipline workers due to fear of being accused a bully. The Herald Sun reported that Comcare told the federal parliamentary inquiry the number of “mental harm” claims lodged by federal bureaucrats have increased to 30 percent  in three years, with payouts soaring to …

WorkSafe acts against alleged bullying in the community sector

Reported by Haydee | 22 Sep, 2012

Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe, has announced on Friday that WorkSafe ACT directed the board of a community sector organisation to investigate allegations of bullying by some of its senior managers. “A WorkSafe ACT inspector has issued an Improvement Notice directing the Board to commence an investigation into serious allegations by several of the organisation’s …

About 1 in 3 young workers experience workplace bullying, survey reveals

Reported by Haydee | 08 Aug, 2012

A country-wide survey conducted by Essential Research has revealed that almost one in three young individuals have been bullied or have witnessed bullying at work. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles said the survey presented significant statistics on the rate of workplace bullying. “Thirteen percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 said …

Bullying Reported in WA Mines

Reported by Zoe | 08 Aug, 2012

An electrician in his 20’s has made a claim to Fair Work Australia about bullying at a mine in the Pilbara region of WA. His claim alleges that he encountered 6 weeks of bullying because he spoke about concerns for safety where he was working and requested that an OHS supervisor be appointed, he also …

WorkCover develops Bullying Prevention kit

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

WorkCover has recently developed a Bullying Prevention Kit which aims to help employers identify bullying and learn ways to manage it. According to the Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce, there have been 4,746 workers compensation claims for bullying and harassment at a cost of almost $100 million in the last three financial years. …

Unions, businesses call on tougher penalties and community responsibility to stop workplace bullying

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jul, 2012

Workplace bullying must be addressed seriously and should be everyone’s responsibility, says unions and business organisations in response to the federal government’s bullying inquiry. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) appeared before a House Standing Committee on Education and Employment in Melbourne this month to talk about the challenges that employers and the …

Union pressing for changes to workplace laws on bullying

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jul, 2012

Unions NSW is pressing for an expansion of the list of risk factors for workplace bullying to include work overload, systems changes, exposure to violence and fatigue, and bad safety practice. The Herald Sun reported that the union is seeking mandatory reporting of psychological injuries and funding for a national bullying helpline. In Unions NSW’s …

Geelong worker steps up fight against workplace bullying

Reported by Haydee | 12 Jul, 2012

A worker from Geelong is expected to provide evidence today during a Federal Government inquiry into workplace bullying and will appeal for mandatory reporting to WorkSafe. Geelong Advertiser reported how the victim was bullied for 18 months at a Geelong business. “It came as a real shock to me, I had a long work experience …