Bullying and Harassment in Public Services

Bullying and Harassment appears to be endemic and embedded into the culture of many Public sector entities despite many investigations, reports and recommendations.

 The International labour Organisation (ILO) passed Convention 190  in 2019.

ILO Convention 190 stated Bullying and Harassment is unlawful, and a breach of Human Rights.

The Convention, to become international law, must be ratified by two governments.

 The accompanying recommendation, ILO Recommendation 206 are comprehensive for regulatory implementation and policy development. 

Why the contribution is important

The New Zealand government must lead the way and ratify the ILO Convention 190 and implement the recommendations in ILO recommendation 206.

New Zealand must be the first country in the world to define bullying and harassment as unlawful in our Health and Safety  at Work Act 2015 , and in The Employment Relations Act 2000.

The inclusion of bullying and harassment in the two pieces of legislation, is  critical for the protection of workers health and safety at work.

There is no comprehensive protection of workers health and safety until ILO Convention 190 is ratified  and recommendation 206 is incorporated in the legislation.

Fiji has stated their intention to ratify ILO Convention 190, however there has been no progress.

by Guinevere on March 04, 2021 at 11:42AM

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