BBC must use outside mediator to deal with bullying
20 November 2013
The BBC's failure to agree to employ an independent mediator for bullying cases was condemned by a conference of unions representing workers at the corporation.
One delegate at the Federation of Entertainments Unions conference in London said it was "like the police investigating the police", if the corporation continued to use BBC managers to investigate complaints of bullying by its staff.
Delegates said they had been heartened by the response of the BBC following the inquiry into bullying and harassment at the BBC, by Dinah Rose QC, but unless an outside mediator was brought in, the exercise would have been a sham.
Michelle Stanistreet and Luke Crawley © Mark Thomas
Luke Crawley, assistant general secretary of Bectu, the union representing technicians, said:
"We all thought the BBC had finally got it, but we could be heading towards a dispute if it does not bring in somebody outside the organisation to deal with bullying claims."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, agreed. She said:
"The role the BBC plays is critical. Its response to the Rose review will have a ripple-effect throughout the wider creative industry. The Rose review was an opportunity to look at this problem and to adopt in a transparent procedure which staff can have faith in. It is not enough for the BBC to say it will bring in managers from other departments and division to investigate allegations, an outside body is needed."