Council must investigate Bullying 'epidemic'

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19 Mar 2019
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GMB, the union for Coventry Council staff, says the authority must commit to a full, independent investigation into the bullying ‘epidemic’ raging through the town hall.

An urgent council meeting is scheduled for tonight [1] after a shock GMB survey revealed 85% of workers had experience bullying. [2]

As well as committing to an investigation GMB says the council must also pledge to tackle the large back log of bullying grievances submitted GMB members,  some of which have been live for several months  - in direct contravention of the council’s grievance policy.

Justine Jones, GMB Organiser, said:

“It’s no secret that there is an epidemic of bullying and intimidation within Coventry City Council.

“After raising these issues for months, hopefully we will at last see some action being taken.

“The council must commit to a full, independent investigation, and make sure the backlog of bullying grievances is dealt with urgently.

“Failure to do so will lead to catastrophic break down of trust between staff and management.

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