Dignity At Work Now
(DAWN) Charity number 175. Registered on the 7th September 2005
Tel: 57799000 firstname.lastname@example.org
5th October 2011
DAWN is happy to invite everyone to come along to the Piazza on Friday the 7th October to support our Flag Day, the 7th edition of the awareness campaign “Ban Bullying Day” and to promote dignity at work in our community. Awareness being our main objective, we will once again be available to give information and say what we are about.
It is essential that all members of Gibraltar community recognize and be aware that bullying at work, is an aggressive and threatening behaviour, characterized by the presence of repeated unacceptable, abusive, humiliating, degrading, disrespectful acts, obvious or subtle, sustained in a asymmetric relationship of power that generate victimisation and defencelessness that poses a risk to physical and psychological health to employees that receives them.
Examples of bullying behaviours are:
Social exclusion, withholding information, physical isolation, denied rights and opportunities, negation of information or recourses, inducement to errors, work interfered, excessively supervised, small errors exaggerated, unjustly disciplined, continued and exaggerated criticism, efforts devalued, threats of getting fired, privacy preached, spreading malicious rumours, insults, shouted at, made a fool of, unreasonable workload, unreasonable time or workload.
The objective of bullying is to psychologically weaken the victims to force them to abandon work “voluntarily”. The consequences of bullying include: stress breakdowns, depression, anxiety, burn out syndrome, suicidal risk, deaths in service, sickness absence, ill-health retirements, early retirements, staff turnover, uses of disciplinary procedures, grievances initiated, suspensions, dismissals, uses of private security firms to snoop on employees, litigation including employment tribunals or legal action against employees, employers and organizations.
Bullying affects approximately 10% of the world working population, between 2% and 30% at European level and in Gibraltar 31.1% (Vielma and Buttigieg, 2007).
To deal with bullying and its impact DAWN recommends to:
All workforce and organizations should have the right and the commitment to be aware that over 5000 people are being bullied at work in Gibraltar today. Therefore, we all need to be responsible to identify, denounce and prevent whatever kind of ill-treatment at work that may exist and exercise our right to healthy working environment, free from bullying, harassment or any other type of abuse. We need to bring dignity back to our places of work.
We invite and encourage the Government, Opposition Parties, Unions, Chambers of Commerce, Gibraltar Federation of Small Business, Bar Association, medical and mental health organizations to actively join forces and efforts with us to support the creation and implementation of a Dignity at Work Policy and Legislation together with health and safety protocols of action and formal procedures to manage conflicts at work with the purpose to prevent bullying and its devastating consequences in our community. We urge the community to actively participate to protect and support the employees that at present continue exposed to bullying within our places of work in Gibraltar.
Dr René Beguelin, (Treasurer) Mrs. Aylen