SECTION FOUR

YOUR SAFETY AT WORK

1.  Employees have a right to be safe at work. By law your employer must provide:

  • A safe place of work
  • Safe plant and equipment
  • Safe systems of work
  • Competent Co-workers

2.  You must also contribute in every way possible to a safe work environment and obey lawful instruction from your employer to ensure safety.

3.  You are entitled to a staff safety representative nominated by employees.

The behaviours described below are illegal and, if encountered, should be reported to your union.

4.  Bullying is defined as behaviour of either a physical, psychological or verbal nature, which is unwelcome and unwanted. Examples of such are:

  • open aggression,
  • threats,
  • constant humiliation,
  • sneering,
  • taking credit for another personís work,
  • undermining a personís authority,
  • spreading malicious rumours

5.  Harassment is defined as any act or conduct which is unwanted and unwelcome, and which could reasonably be regarded as offensive, humiliating or intimidating.

Treating people less favourably or subjecting them to ridicule on any of the nine discriminatory grounds (see Equality section), name-calling, isolation or exclusion within the workplace, unwarranted criticism of work performance, production, display or circulation of offensive material are all examples of harassment

6.     Sexual Harassment is defined as unwanted and unwelcome conduct which could reasonably be regarded as sexually, or otherwise on the gender ground, offensive, humiliating or intimidating. Examples include:

  • sexually suggestive jokes,
  • innuendo,
  • questions or insults about oneís private life,
  • unwelcome sexual attention, leering,
  • offensive gestures or whistling,
  • suggestions that sexual favours may further someoneís career, or that refusal may damage it.