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Bedford Meeting On Monday 11th August

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GMB To Present Bullying And Harassment Survey Results To Bedford Borough Councillors On Monday 11th August 2014

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 bullying uncovered.”


Contact: Martin Foster GMB Beds County Branch Secretary 0300 300 8280 or Steve Sweeney 0208 202 8280 Regional Organiser. GMB press Office 07921 289 880


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