||Issue No. 251||11 February 2005|
Economics: Super Seduction
Interview: Bono and Me
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Health: No Place for the Young
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
Review: Dare to Win
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
The Locker Room
Morals Beat Hasty Retreat
Uncounted Cost Of Asbestos
Voting Farce Expands
I Beg To Differ
Whistleblower Beats Bullies
A security company employee who blew the whistle on a rampant bullying has had a win over insurance company attempts to deny him compensation.
Insurance company CGU accepted full liability after initially denying that bullying had left John McPhilbin with prolonged adjustment disorder.
McPhilbin's stand against bullying at Chubb Security grew into a widespread union campaign to tackle the emerging workplace safety issue.
He addressed the launch of the Unions NSW Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Campaign in September last year, when his recounting of his experiences left many in the audience visibly moved.
Medical evidence showed that McPhilbin is suffering from a "prolonged adjustment disorder with anxious and depressed moods resulting from the hostility he faced at Chubb".
"I feel vindicated," says McPhilbin. "I had to personally establish that there were guidelines that Chubb and the insurance company ignored at every step of the way.
"It was me who had to point this out to them. I was opposed at every step of the way.
"The way it was managed made my situation increasingly worse."
The decision is another step in tackling workplace bullying following the successful prosecution of a bullying incident at a Lidcombe joinery firm in the Chief Industrial Magistrates Court last year.
McPhilbin is concerned that the problem could still be going at Chubb and wants to see systems put in place to address workplace bullying.
Bullies Taken To Taskforce
Meanwhile the Public Service Association's campaign to eradicate bullying and harassment in the public service has taken another step forward with the establishment of a bullying taskforce chaired by the Public Employment Office of the Premiers Department.
The taskforce will be developing policies and procedures to deal with bullying and harassment in the public sector and intends to invite other agencies to participate on the committee.
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