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WORKPLACE BULLYING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: UNDERSTANDING THE RACIAL DIMENSION

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  • DUNCAN LEWIS,

    1. 1 Duncan Lewis is Acas Professor of Workplace Futures in the Glamorgan Business School and 2Rod Gunn is in the Welsh Institute for Competitive Advantage, in the Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan.
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  • and 1 ROD GUNN 2

    1. 1 Duncan Lewis is Acas Professor of Workplace Futures in the Glamorgan Business School and 2Rod Gunn is in the Welsh Institute for Competitive Advantage, in the Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan.
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Abstract

This paper reports the research findings of the experiences of public sector workers of bullying at work across 13 organizations in South Wales. The study explored the experiences of White and Ethnic minority respondents and found that there are significant differences in the type and frequency of bullying behaviours being experienced by the two groups. Ethnic minority respondents are more likely to label themselves as suffering from bullying behaviours than their White counterparts. The evidence presented in this paper demonstrates how line managers use different tactics when bullying Ethnic respondents compared to White respondents. Furthermore, when colleagues bully fellow colleagues, there are subtly different patterns of bullying behaviour towards White and Ethnic victims. Given the specific requirement to comply with the public duty for promotion of racial equality expected under the Race Relations Amendment Act (2000), it is important that these findings are recognized by UK public sector organizations.

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