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QUESTIONNAIRE ON DUMFRIES 'BULLIES'

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Unison is compiling a questionnaire on bullying to send to staff at Dumfries and Galloway Council. The move follows...
Unison is compiling a questionnaire on bullying to send to staff at Dumfries and Galloway Council. The move follows widespread allegations of managers forcing staff to work extra hours.

The problem emerged after the union carried out a survey of overtime working.

'Staff were building up a lot of overtime and flexitime but were unable to take time off in lieu,' said Unison branch secretary Howard Young.

He said employees felt bullied into working longer and longer hours.

The union hopes the survey will help it gauge the extent of the bullying and reveal which departments had the greatest problems.

Last November Dumfries and Galloway published a code of practice for staff which said managers must discourage harassment and make it clear to staff what is unacceptable conduct.

A spokesman denied bullying was widespread. But he said the council would be interested in the results of the survey.

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