Bullying or harassment in the workplace is unacceptable. Everyone has a right to a safe workplace that is free from bullying or harassment and as union members we make that happen. If someone is saying or doing things to ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or degrade you then that may be bullying or harassment.
Bullying happens when a person or a group of people repeatedly behave unreasonably towards someone and it creates a risk to health and safety.
Harassment does not need to be repeated and a single instance can form the basis of a complaint. For example, this is the case for sexual harassment.
If you are being bullied or harassed, you should talk to your delegate, your Health and Safety Representative (if you have one) or contact us. We can help you to enforce the rights and protections you are entitled to.
What you need to do
- Make a note on each occasion unreasonable behaviour or harassment happens. Write down what happened, including how it made you feel, the time and date and who (if anyone) was present when it happened. Be as specific as you can.
- Talk to your delegate or Health and Safety Representative, so that they’re aware about what’s happening at work to you. Your delegate or Health and Safety Representative can help you to report the incident to your employer.
- You can contact us for advice and support
- Seek assistance from your doctor if bullying or harassment effects your physical or mental health.
- Save copies of any documents you send to your employer or your employer sends to you, including emails, letters and text messages.