Bullying

Bullying and violence is too common in workplaces. It may be violence to workers which is visible, such as the situation when the worker was subjected to racist abuse and belted around the shoulders by the supervisor. But it may be less visible forms of bullying that don't result in visible bruises, such as being given work overload or the hardest tasks continuously. Unfortunately one of the most common situations where bullying occurs in meatworks is the way that workers, who have legitimately claimed WorkCover, are treated by some of the employers in the industry. This is not all of the employers in the industry, but is happens too often. No forms of bullying or violence should be accepted. They have never been legally acceptable, but it has been hard to raise with employers (particularly when perpetrated by management) but at last there is a WorkSafe Guidance Note.