Workplace bullying

Bullying is widespread in the public sector, especially in health and education. There are a number of resources to help you recognise bullying and advice on how to go about putting a stop to it.

Workplace bullying is not OK.

If you are being bullied at work:

  • Don’t accept the blame for other people’s behaviour.
  • It is important to seek support from colleagues and your PSA delegate.
  • Find out more about bullying and ways of dealing with it.
  • Keep a written record of all incidents of bullying.
  • Ask for any complaints about your work to be put in writing.
  • If you choose to confront the bully, have someone with you. Don’t lose your temper.
  • If it doesn’t stop, make a formal complaint to to someone at a senior level.
  • Keep in touch with the union at all stages – your delegate or your PSA organiser.
  • Support other workers who are being bullied.


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