Getting it out in the open;News;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
ABERDEEN has launched a joint union-council campaign to stamp out bullying and harassment of teachers by other staff. It follows an EIS survey in which around a third of the 300 members who responded claimed to have suffered intimidation.

Jon Mager, the city's assistant director of education, said he did not believe the incidence of bullying was worse than elsewhere but the problem had to be brought out into the open. "There is no doubt that some teachers feel that senior managers in schools are putting them under inappropriate pressure."

Bill Ross, Aberdeen EIS secretary, said he hoped the initiative "will encourage those employees whose behaviour towards others is unacceptable to take a long hard look at themselves and that those who sometimes confuse bullying and harassment with strong management will also re-examine their behaviour".

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