Anti-Harassment and Anti-Bullying workshops were held across the province this fall. It was an opportunity for occupational health and safety (OH&S) activists to get together with unit executive officers to discuss the issue of harassment and bullying in the workplace. During the sessions, participants reviewed the legislation on harassment and several employer procedures for handling complaints. They also talked about the role of the union and the OH&S committee members as supports for a fair process.
The training was delivered based on active participation from the attendees. They were able to learn from each other through engaging activities, sharing their own experience and stories and then brainstorming solutions. The workshop explored how harassment can negatively affect the target and the entire workplace.
The skills gained by participants will help to identify, and hopefully reduce or eliminate harassment and bullying in their workplaces. Those who participated were given a package of information and posters to take back to their units and share with their co-workers. The goal of the union is to have all of our members enjoy a harassment-free workplace.
This story appears in the Winter 2013 issue of the Front Line newsletter and was written by Kelly Harrington, Deputy Director of Political Action and Education