A NEW website designed to support and offer assistance to people who suffer bullying in employment has been established.
The site has been set up by Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant, and has been named Tobie (Tackling Oppressive Behaviour in Employment). It can be found at www.tobie.org.uk
Ms Grant said: “It is a sad reflection on society in the 21st century when bullying is rife within the work place as well as at schools, colleges and in other forms of life.
The individual who suffers at the hands of bullies is scarred for a very long time if not for life.
” Such behaviour causes mental health issues to the innocent sufferer who is subject to bouts of anxiety, depression, stress, associated illnesses and ultimately absence from work.”
Alisa McDowell, a spokeswoman for the Moray branch of the Unison union, added: “Employees have a right to expect to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace.
“For those who suffer it, bullying is a humiliating and distressing experience. It is the role of a trade union to ensure that the risks of bullying at work are minimised and, where it does occur, it is dealt with promptly and appropriately.”
Published: 16/12/2014 10:27