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Alleged double standard probed

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Alleged double standard probed

Alleged double standard probed

The New South Wales authority charged with preventing bullying in the workplace is now the focus of an inquiry into allegations of bullying among its ranks.

Last week, the NSW Upper House agreed to an inquiry into allegations of bullying at WorkCover NSW.

The inquiry follows a motion put to the Upper House by Greens MP David Shoebridge.

The motion referred to a recent case before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, which found that WorkCover had bullied one of its employees out of his job, and to previous investigations into WorkCover’s conduct.

In the case referred to in the motion, NSW Industrial Relations Commission deputy president Rodney W Harrison said in his ruling: “I find this conduct by the organisation [WorkCover] to be shabby and disgraceful. It lacks any objectivity and has the characterisation of institutional bullying.”

The motion recommended that the Upper House General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1 inquire into the culture of WorkCover, WorkCover’s role as State Regulator of workplace bullying, recommendations to address issues raised, and any other related matters.

The motion was carried.

Submissions to the inquiry close on 23 August 2013.

For more details, visit the NSW Parliament, the Case and The Greens.

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