Another public service bullying guide

December must be the month for bullying guidances as another workplace bullying guide for employers has been released in Australia, this time by Comcare.

Comcare has changed considerably over the years, particularly with the influx of private companies and organisations under its jurisdiction.  Where previously it’s guidances covered public servants, postal services and the defence forces, it now has member organisations in construction, banking, and transport.  It is this broad membership that creates challenges for Comcare.

For instance, the construction industry remains one where many employees cannot complete a sentence without a swear word.  The culture is very insular where one must prove one’s self as worthy of entry.  In many construction sectors, even if union membership is only tolerated, the union politics of the Left remain, at least in the lower levels of site work.

The current guide, pictured above, will be useful but there seems to be little that is new in the guide compared to other workplace bullying guides and codes that have been released in the last decade.

It may be significant that public sector bullying guides are being released around the same time as the release of draft OHS codes by Safe Work Australia.  These draft Codes do not address any workplace activities or hazards that can be described as psychosocial yet it is the psychosocial issues of bullying, fatigue, mental health and stress that are of increasing occupational, social and financial concern.

Comcare’s guide is part of a suite of publications and fact sheets that broaden its application.  These include

Kevin Jones

reservoir, victoria, australia

One thought on “Another public service bullying guide”

  1. Just one point, if we are to ensure we move to the new Health and Safety laws by 2012, is it not time for us to use the correct terminology? In this blog the draft Work Health and Safety Codes are still referred to as OHS. The term we must all come to terms with is WHS

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