Dear Sir / Madam,

This request is being made to make the public at large and people in each authority aware of which councils are the worst offenders or the better examples when it comes to bullying in the workplace. All councils have very similar anti-bullying / dignity at work policies, but there seems to be a difference in the level of bullying. This is intended to statistically show those differences.

Please reply to the first two questions first as they are the most important:

a) Please inform me of the cost of dealing with this request.

1) How many official complaints of harassment and bullying at work did you receive between the 1st April 2009 and the 31st December 2015?

2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the
complainant?

Please reply to these questions if the £450 limit is not exceeded or in order of the questions up to the limit should the limit be surpassed somewhere within these questions:

3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the
complainant went on to Appeal?

4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour the
complainant?

5) How many complaints went on to an Employment Tribunal?

6) How many of these were found to uphold the complaint?

7) Out of how many of those allegations (the number given to question 1) did the complainant of
bullying claim that the bullies were telling lies?

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current population within your authority's area?

Yours faithfully

Mr Lewis

yabootoyou

foi, Inverclyde Council

Dear Sir

I refer to your request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, I am unable to deal with a request unless the full name of the requester is set out in the body of the request, as indicated in the guidance available on the Scottish Information Commissioner's website at:-

http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

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In the circumstances, I should be obliged if you would let me have a note of your full name at the earliest opportunity.

Regards,
Lindsay

Lindsay Carrick
Senior Admin Officer
Legal & Property Services
Inverclyde Council
Municipal Buildings
Clyde Square
Greenock
PA15 1LX

Phone (office) – 01475 712114

e-mail – [email address]@inverclyde.gov.uk

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Dear foi,

I am not required by law to provide you with a first name.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

foi, Inverclyde Council

Dear Sir

I acknowledge receipt of your e-mail dated 4 August 2016 requesting information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and I confirm that this matter is being dealt with.

In terms of the Act, a response will be issued to you within 20 working days of the date of receipt of your request being 1 September 2016.

Regards,
Lindsay

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Lindsay Carrick, Inverclyde Council

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Dear Sir / Madam,

 

I refer to your recent FOI request regarding bullying in Inverclyde
Council.  Please see our response below in red.

 

This request is being made to make the public at large and people in each
authority aware of which councils are the worst offenders or the better
examples when it comes to bullying in the workplace.  All councils have
very similar anti-bullying / dignity at work policies, but there seems to
be a difference in the level of bullying.  This is intended to
statistically show those differences.

 

Please reply to the first two questions first as they are the most
important:

 

a) Please inform me of the cost of dealing with this request.  £5.86

 

1) How many official complaints of harassment and bullying at work did you
receive between the 1st April 2009 and the 31st December 2015? 10

 

2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the  complainant?
3

 

Please reply to these questions if the £450 limit is not exceeded or in
order of the questions up to the limit should the limit be surpassed
somewhere within these questions:

 

3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the  complainant
went on to Appeal? None

 

4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour the 
complainant? 1

 

5) How many complaints went on to an Employment Tribunal? 1

 

6) How many of these were found to uphold the complaint? 0

 

7) Out of how many of those allegations (the number given to question 1)
did the complainant of  bullying claim that the bullies were telling
lies? 

    This information is not recorded

 

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current
population within your authority's area?

    (4032 staff at June 16, information recorded on a quarterly basis next
quarter not reported until September 2016). 

    (Population 79,500 at 2015, 2016 information not yet
finalised/reported on).

 

I have attached the review procedures, should you require then.

 

Regards

Lindsay

 

 

Lindsay Carrick

Senior Admin Officer
Legal & Property Services
Inverclyde Council
Municipal Buildings

Clyde Square
Greenock

PA15  1LX

 

Phone (office) – 01475 712114

e-mail – [1][email address]@inverclyde.gov.uk

 

Inverclyde Council website – [2]www.inverclyde.gov.uk
Inverclyde on Twitter – [3]twitter.com/inverclyde

 

Inverclyde Council - Best Government Services Employer in the UK 2016 –
Bloomberg Business Best Employer Awards 2016

 

 

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Dear Lindsay Carrick,

Your figures can't be correct - you cannot have 1 in question 4 from a base of none in question 3.

3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the complainant
went on to Appeal? None

4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour the
complainant? 1

Please check and confirm.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

Lindsay Carrick, Inverclyde Council

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Thanks

 

Lindsay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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foi-odhr, Inverclyde Council

Thank you for your e mail seeking clarification as per below.

 

Please accept our apologies the answer to question 3 is incorrect.  The
corrected information is in red below.

 

 

 

Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - Bullying in Inverclyde
Council - FOI/16/0709

 

Dear Lindsay Carrick,

 

Your figures can't be correct - you cannot have 1 in question 4 from a
base of none in question 3.

 

3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the  complainant 
went on to Appeal? None (Revised/Corrected information should read 1)

 

4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour the 
complainant? 1

 

Please check and confirm.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Yabootoyou

 

 

Regards

 

 

Human Resources

Inverclyde Council

Organisational Development, HR & Communications

Municipal Buildings

Clyde Square

Greenock

PA15 1LX

 

 

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Dear foi-odhr,

Sloppy though!

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

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So, a 30% success rate for employees at this authority who reported being a victim of bullying, I wonder - yabootoyou, if there is a way of collating the information for different authorities, so that lessons can be learnt from how different authorities deal with bullying. I think it is difficult, because the number of complaints (whether upheld or not) does not necessarily when compared the workforce size show a percentage of bullying incidents....Just because there is a procedure in place for bullying grievances, as per the low success rate in getting the grievance upheld, we will never know how many people feel they have good reason to make a formal grievance, but lack the confidence in their own emotional strength or fairness in the procedure to make that formal.

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