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Grievance procedures and bullying
Why grievance procedures are inappropriate for dealing with bullying

In 2000 there were 130,000 applications to employment tribunal in the UK; in other words, every year in the UK, 1 in 215 jobs ends in a tribunal. This suggests of something fundamentally wrong with workplace Britain.

Instead of finding out why so many employees find themselves placed in the position of having to consider employment tribunal every year, the UK Labour government's solution (sic) is to make it harder for employees to get to employment tribunal. This latest spin-doctoring follows a number of attempts by the government to paper over the cracks by suppressing the effects of a problem rather than identifying and dealing with the cause.

A new employment bill will make it mandatory for employees to follow the grievance procedure, and will empower tribunals to penalise employees who haven't followed their employer's grievance procedure.

Grievance procedures are inappropriate and ineffective in dealing with bullying a for a variety of reasons:

The acid test of any legislation is "would it have worked in previous cases?" When you read through the case histories at Bully OnLine you'll realise that it didn't work or wouldn't have worked in many of those cases.

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