Minister Bill Shorten
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A parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying urges the Federal Government to establish a national service to provide advice and assistance to workers and employers.
The inquiry also recommends a hotline service for harassed workers.
Three hundred submissions were heard, most of them from workers who have been bullied, as well as organisations.
Other recommendations include strengthening existing laws on workplace bullying and creating a clear definition of workplace bullying.
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten who spearheaded the inquiry, says bullying is a serious safety issue among workers and he will look into the recommendations quickly.
“One thing I do know, is that workplace bullying is a real issue,” said Mr Shorten.
“Repeated unreasonable conduct which leaves people feeling disempowered and unhappy is absolutely not to be accepted. There needs to be zero tolerance for workplace bullying so I think that this parliamentary committee is getting a positive issue up on the national stage.”
ABC News reported that the Productivity Commission estimates workplace bullying to cost the country between $ 6 billion to $ 36 billion every year.