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Economic downturn could lead to more bullying at work

The TUC marked Ban Bullying at Work Day (November 7th 2008) by warning that the economic downturn could increase instances of bullying at work.

According to the TUC safety reps survey 2008, bullying was a concern at work for one in five safety reps (20 per cent) a 25 per cent increase since the 2006 survey (16 per cent). In 2004, 12 per cent of safety reps reported bullying as a concern at work.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Concerns about bullying at work have increased by 25 per cent since 2006. And as the economic downturn puts workers under greater strain, there is a danger that bullying could spread even further.

'There is simply no excuse for bullying at work. It can leave people traumatised, unable to work and unhappy after work, and harms office morale too. We urge employers to look at their working culture and policies to ensure that whenever bullying rears its head at work, it is stamped out straight away.'

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Posted by, Asif Yusuf

 

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