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Workplace Bullying Stops Here!

Bullying is increasingly being recognized as a serious problem in our schools, workplaces and in society. At work, personal harassment, bullying and mobbing undermine the self-esteem and dignity of individuals and creates a hostile or offensive work environment.

Besides being destructive to worker health, it also has a negative impact on our ability to provide quality public services. Many of you have identified that this is a problem in CUPE workplaces and the first step is awareness.

The campaign continues and we urge you to check this website often for campaign updates, resources and information that can help you and your local stop workplace bullying and eradicate it from our communities.

Did you know?

On June 1, 2004, Quebec became the first North American jurisdiction to include protection against psychological harassment of employees in its Act respecting Labour Standards. Bullying, known as psychological harassment is defined as:

"Any vexatious behaviour in the form of repeated and hostile or unwanted conduct, verbal comments, actions or gestures, that affect an employee's dignity or psychological integrity and that results in a harmful work environment for the employee. A single serious incidence of such behaviour that has a lasting harmful effect on an employee may also constitute psychological harassment."

A few common ways in which harassment is expressed:

• Making rude, degrading or offensive remarks.

• Making gestures that seek to intimidate, engaging in reprisals.

• Discrediting the person: spreading rumors, ridiculing him, humiliating him, calling into question his convictions or his private life, shouting abuse at him or sexually harassing him.

• Belittling the person: forcing him to perform tasks that are belittling or below his skills, simulating professional misconduct.

• Preventing the person from expressing himself: yelling at him, threatening him, constantly interrupting him, prohibiting him from speaking to others.

• Isolating the person: no longer talking to him at all, denying his presence, distancing him from others.

• Destabilizing the person: making fun of his convictions, his tastes and his political choices.

Contact

Vanessa Wolff, CUPE Occupational Health & Safety Representative, BC Region 604-291-1940, ext. 287 vwolff@cupe.ca

For media inquiries, please contact Roseanne Moran , CUPE National Communications Representative, 604-291-1940 rmoran@cupe.ca