Bradford College, UCU and Unison Our Commitment on Bullying and Harassment

Our Commitment

Bradford College and Bradford College Trade Unions are committed to working together to combat all forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation.

The College will not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying or victimisation and is committed to ensuring that employees are able to work confidently and without fear of harassment, bullying or victimisation.

Bullying and harassment is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Where harassment and bullying occur, they cause serious repercussions for the employer and employees.  They can affect people’s health, work performance and the success of the Corporation.  Bullying, as a cause of stress at work, is regarded as a workplace health and safety hazard.  Bradford College recognises that it is the individual’s perception of whether the conduct in question was unacceptable that is important in determining whether harassment occurred.

Where a complaint is made to the College, it will be investigated promptly and appropriate action will be taken in line with the College’s policy.   Where any employee is found to have committed a serious act of bullying or harassment this will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure and may be viewed as gross misconduct, which could result in summary dismissal.  Where an employee reports an incident of harassment or bullying by a third party, the College will take appropriate action.

If you feel that you have been or are being harassed or bullied contact your HR Advisor or union representative, these can be found on the college intranet under, services, unions, representatives.

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For more information see attached UCU and Unison newsletters.


4 thoughts on “Bradford College, UCU and Unison Our Commitment on Bullying and Harassment

  1. hi, after attending one of your ucu union meeting on the last tap day and hearing your members concerns around this issue, i raised the issue with michele after the latest equality and diveristy meeting just to highlight the fact that this was a serious concern for tutours aswell as students.

    • Thank you Piers, we need to act together to ensure we have a college where bullying and harassment are not tolerated, policies are never enough. Unfortunately many lecturers believe the proposed new contract will result in a college where more staff experience bullying and stress

  2. “The College will not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying or victimisation” It seems that this applies only one way in many organisations. Managements in FE are rarely held to account for widespread bullying in the sector resulting in the enforcement inferior contracts, sham negotiations and wholesale sackings. Hence far worse T&Cs since the disaster of incorporation.

    What can we do about this pernicious slide into de-professionalisation and casualisation?

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