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“Depraved” MUA is first union to face legal action for bullying

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HC Online | 21 Nov 2014, 09:51 AM Agree 0
The Maritime Union of Australia has become the first union in Australia to face legal action under federal workplace bullying laws, cementing its identity as a uniquely and controversially operated union.
  • Laura | 21 Nov 2014, 11:35 AM Agree 0
    Completely understand the training requirement, but really, at what point do we realise that people should know 'how to behave appropriately in their workplace'? In what world is defecating and urinating on someone's clothes appropriate? Do people really have to be trained in appropriate workplace behaviour in order to understand that this sort of behaviour is not appropriate? I would think that in this case, it would be negligent to find the perpetrators innocent in the event of a technicality - if training hadn't been provided on appropriate workplace behaviours? 'Oh you soiled a co-workers clothes, but we'll let you off this time because we understand you didn't know that it was inappropriate to do so'. Where does common sense and human decency come into it?
  • HR Guru | 21 Nov 2014, 11:41 AM Agree 0
    Article doesn’t really explain how both the employer and Union have engaged in bullying behaviour. Only mention of bullying behaviour is allegedly by fellow employees because they aren’t union members?

    Has the Union encouraged this?
    Has the employer disciplined those employees respoinable for engaging in the behaviour listed?
  • Deborah Pearson | 21 Nov 2014, 12:10 PM Agree 0
    I agree with you Laura. There are certainly grey areas as to appropriate conduct, but defecation and urination on people/clothes are totally innapropriate.
  • kevin | 21 Nov 2014, 12:14 PM Agree 0
    As a principle employers need to ensure that all employees, contractors and others who enter their workplaces are aware of BHD.
    During recent EBA negotiations many staff complained of being harassed by union officials and now that the unions have access to lunch rooms this has exacerbated the problem for some. At present we simply tell staff that is the way is it so just put up and bare it because they are the union.
    Is this article highlighting the fact that no matter who is involved that management is obliged to investigate and act. Does a union official have the right to approach employees seeking to have them join the union even when they have repeatedly told them they are not interested. Or should we just continue to turn a blind eye to such behaviour?
  • Paul | 21 Nov 2014, 01:53 PM Agree 0
    Less than 5% of complaints are cases of ‘bullying’.

    Lets just keep pretending it isent happening.
  • Johnny | 11 Sep 2015, 12:02 PM Agree 0
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