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UNISON SEEK INQUIRY ON 'COUNCIL BULLYING' AT PERTH AND KINROSS

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Unison has asked the Health and Safety Executive to investigate allegations of stress and bullying at Perth and Kin...
Unison has asked the Health and Safety Executive to investigate allegations of stress and bullying at Perth and Kinross Council, reports The Scotsman (p6).

Unison said the move was necessary because the council's human resources department had declined requests to do assessments of the risks to employees' health from its working conditions.

But the accusation was rebutted by the council's chief executive, Harry Robertson, who said Perth and Kinross was one of the first local authorities in Scotland to introduce procedures on occupational stress.

Concerns about the human resources department's working environment have been triggered by the high turnover of staff - many of whom have cited stress-related illness as a reason for leaving.

Jim Waller, Unison's senior regional manager, said 16 of the department's 31 employees had left over the past two years, a turnover of 51.6%. Of those, 10 said they had left because of stress.

He said instances of bullying and stress in council departments were on the increase, but the union had been taken aback by the scale of the problem at Perth and Kinross.

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