Unfair Employment Practices

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Have you ever suffered stress because of unfair employment practices such as bullying?

Have you had your career ruined because you have had your reputation damaged owing to defamation?

Are you working under a zero hour contract, causing you financial insecurity, child minding problems or stress?

If you are experiencing any of these problems we would love to hear from you.

Did you know that UK workers are the third least protected within the work place out of 40 developed countries? Only the USA and Canada have less employment protection for its workers than the UK. 2008 OECD (http://xperthr.co.uk/blogsemployment-intelligance/2013/03employment-law-reform-progress/#sthash.8QMj41F4.dpuf)

If you have suffered bullying, there is nothing you can do as successive governments have failed to pass the Dignity at Work Bill. . Lord Monkswell steered the Bill through the House of Lords in December 1996 and January 1997. It was then blocked by John Major’s Government in February 1997. The Bill started its progress again through the House of Lords in December 2001 under the guidance of Baroness Ann Gibson.

Defamation can only be heard in a High Court. Costs for this do not come in under £150,000 and regularly reach £500,000. Legal aid is not available so it is out of the reach of most people. (Tracey Brown MD of Sense About Science – libel reform campaign  www.libelreform.org

Bullying, defamation and financial insecurity causes stress.

Taken from Business Matters:  November 20th 2012

Stress is among the biggest problems in British workplaces, with the cost to the British economy being estimated at £3.7 billion per year with more than 13 million employees at risk of mental health problems caused by the stress of their jobs, according to new research published [on 20th November 2012].

Dr Jeremy Broadhead, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Group, commissioned the research, 

The HSE Labour Force Survey 2010/11 found that 10.8 million working days were lost due to stress, anxiety or depression, and the average number of days lost during each absence was 27.

It is not just absence which hits business. Figures from the Centre for Mental Health show that most people suffering with stress continue to work, but may struggle with concentration and effective decision making. It is estimated that this ‘presenteeism’ costs UK businesses £15.1 billion per year in reduced productivity.

With recent legislative changes, including the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees; the introduction of ‘owner employee’ contracts of employment, (under which employees will be given shares in exchange for waiving certain employment rights) and removal of the provisions on third party harassment in the Equality Act 2010, there is even less protection for English workers. (Employment Law Reform 2013:progress on reform)

Currently, there is decreasing spending on welfare protection and increasing barriers to employment protection. This will affect the level of stress experienced not just for those on low pay but also those in established well paid professions.

Improved employment rights/ protection provide workers with more security and confidence which is conducive to good mental health.

Dr Jeremy Broadhead and the HSE Labour Force have provided plenty of data to show the benefit of addressing stress in the workplace. The CAB want to hear about the personal stories behind this data.

How has stress  effected  you?  What caused your stress?

We want to highlight the personal impact and struggle of day to day living because of the lack of employment protection and legislation.

Support the campaign to introduce legislation to protect workers against workplace bullying in the UK

Gill seeks justice for employees

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I’m Gill Grantham and I am a volunteer with Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau working in the social policy unit.

I took early retirement last year because of severe bullying within a public sector workplace. I now want to try to improve workplace practices and change legislation in order to protect the dignity of people at work.

I also want to make it easier for people to take employers to court if employees have been defamed. Employers may do this for various reasons but one reason is to prevent career progression.

Because of my work for CAB, I have come to understand the unfairness and abuse that has been made of  zero hour contracts by employers. Although there has been a lot of interest in the media recently regarding zero hour contracts, I believe that protection for employees need to be built into these contracts in order to prevent employers abusing the flexibility that these contracts offer.

Support the campaign to introduce legislation to protect workers against workplace bullying in the UK

Plymouth CAB Campaigns

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Plymouth CAB aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

You can get to our advice service now either face to face at Advice Plymouth on Buckwell Street or through our phone service – go to http://www.adviceplymouth.org.uk for more info.

Our campaigns team are here to work on improving the policies and practices that affect people’s lives, and this blog is one of the ways that you can keep up with exactly how we are doing that.

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“Vision without action is only dreaming, action without vision is only passing time, but vision with action can change the world.”
Nelson Mandela