Economic stress blamed for work bullying

WORKPLACE bullying will probably increase as economic conditions worsen, putting companies and staff under intense pressure, a federal inquiry has heard.

Testifying at the Perth hearing of the House of Representatives Education and Employment Standing Committee inquiry into workplace bullying on Wednesday, UnionsWA president Meredith Hammat said national workers’ compensation claims for harassment had almost doubled in three years.

The problem was likely to get worse as organisations downsized and restructured in response to the global economic downturn, though bullying remained largely under-reported as many victims simply switched jobs, the union leader said.


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