Shame in our workplaces

COMPLAINTS of workplace bullying have doubled in Tasmania this year and union leaders say the problem is being covered up by “hush money” payments.

Unions Tasmania chief Kevin Harkins told a Federal Government inquiry that laws were no match for a new breed of “workplace psychopaths”.

“Bullying has changed in the workplace it used to be traditional ‘initiations’ but it’s a lot more complex now it’s bullying by workplace psychopaths and the measures used to deal with it are token measures,” he said.

“Bullying and harassment are now the largest issue in the workplace in Australia and I don’t think anyone yet has their head around it.”


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