An independent survey of all staff is needed followed by constructive work
to eradicate all forms of bullying uncovered says GMB
GMB, the union for public sector staff, will meet with Bedford Borough
Councillors on the Employee Partnership Committee on Monday 11th August
2014 to present the results of the union’s survey on bullying and
harassment of staff employed by the council.
This follows a meeting with senior officers of Bedford Borough Council on
Wednesday 10th April where it was agreed that the GMB could present the
results to the Committee made up of unions and councillors.
The survey of GMB members conducted earlier this year showed that 58% of
the respondents claimed they had been bullied, harassed or discriminated
against with an alarming 76% claiming they had be bullied by management.
Martin Foster, GMB Beds County Branch Secretary, said “GMB welcomes the
opportunity to present these findings to the councils Employee Partnership
Committee. This will enable GMB to tell councillors how members working for
Bedford Borough Council feel they are being treated at work. The cuts have
increased pressures on managers and staff and have led to problems with
bullying and harassment.
GMB members will be looking for the council to conduct an independent
survey of all its staff in order to identify just how deep rooted the
problem is. Once this has been completed GMB would want to sit down with
the council and work constructively with them to eradicate all forms of
Contact: Martin Foster GMB Beds County Branch Secretary 03003008280 or
Steve Sweeney 0208 202 8280 Regional Organiser
Posted: 7th August 2014