Bullying Day [BBD2004]
Wednesday 27th October 2004
Bullying Day is now in its third year and this year will
be held on Weds 27th October. Ban Bullying Day was started
by Amicus, the Andrea Adams Trust, the Work Foundation
and IRS Eclipse Publications back in 2002 to raise awareness
of bullying in the workplace and gather support for
the Dignity at Work Bill.
will you be doing on 27th October?
you be belittled, shouted at, harassed, have
your work and responsibilities taken away, threatened,
intimidated, made fun of...and do you know what you are
going through...and do you know what to do about it?
you see someone suffer from bullying, harassment, intimidation
or discrimination...and will you say anything?
you a manager who knows that someone is quiet, tearful
and very clearly unhappy at work, maybe they have
made complaints in the past but nothing has been done...and
talk to them, HEAR them and take what they say seriously...and
will YOU do something to help them?
you be working in HR and get a complaint from someone
who is alleging some form of abuse...and will you
take it seriously, will you investigate it properly...or
will you just take the alleged bullies word for it
when the obvious denial comes and sweep
it under the carpet...and do you know what damage that
you a GP who is seeing a patient for the Nth time this
year with yet another complaint...and will you ask about
their work situation and maybe establish the cause of
their health problems?
will you be going into work relishing the thought of
insulting someone, taking pleasure from their pain,
at their distress...and will Ban Bullying Day be
the day you
finally get caught?
27th will see Parliamentary Questions asked in the House
of Commons, as well as the launch of the
DTI/Amicus Dignity at Work Partnership [DAWP]. In Harrogate,
the Annual CIPD Conference will start and have the Andrea
Trust there signing employers up to the DAWP. jfo will
have two representatives in Harrogate too.
Telegraph is known to be doing a big
article on bullying for publication the day after [28th]
and will be in the Business section. The article should include
a case study, as well as comments from a range of people
and organisations, including jfo.
groups exist all around the world for people suffering
from workplace abuse and they provide much needed help,
advice and support that is rarely available
from employers. Two
UK groups are known to be taking action for Ban
Day. If you know of any other action
taking place for BBD2004, please
let jfo know and we will
add it to this page. Here's what's happening...
are taking to the streets of London!
27th october, the LSG will be handing out cards with details
with where people
can find information. It is estimated that 1 in
5 people are currently being bullied, so they should reach
help. They will be located at busy train stations catching
commuters and local workers in Central London at the
LSG would like to publicise BBD2004, so
if you are a journalist or researcher and can get some
local/national media, please contact them urgently on firstname.lastname@example.org
DAWN Seminar: Exploring Roads to Recovery Following Bullying
in the Workplace
Birmingham, DAWN will be staging their annual seminar
to coincide with BBD2004. It will be held on Satuday
16th October in
Birmingham city centre and will be an opportunity to
share experiences, consider the facilities available, and
discuss potential strategies for recovering from the effects
of workplace bullying.
include Linda Foxall from Patient Advice & Liaison
Service (PALS), Julie Fagan from Suspension in the
NHS and Paul Marks from Depression Alliance.
is £10 [in advance], £6 unwaged and £12 on the day subject
to availability. To apply, please contact Keith
Munday, DAWN, PO Box 11435, Birmingham, B32 2WD or e-mail:
telephone: 01564 776748. Alternatively, you can download
what will you be doing? Let jfo know!