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Bullying and harassment

Stop Bullying - NUJ handbookThe NUJ has published a Stop Bullying handbook, a resource for reps and any members who have been affected by bullying. It contains information on how to identify and deal with bullying in the workplace and achieve dignity for all workers.

The handbook can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking on the image and is available in hardcopy by emailing

The NUJ is part of Creating without Conflict – a campaign by the Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) – for workers in the entertainment and media industries to raise awareness of bullying and harassment in the workplace, to work with employers to create effective policies and procedures to protect staff and freelance workers.

The FEU has drawn up a code of conduct for employers, unions and industry bodies to combat bullying and harassment in the media and arts industries.

There are also a set of guidelines on bullying and harassment for staff members and a set of guidelines on bullying and harassment for freelances. 

There is a handy pdf for reps and members on how to deal with bullying for staff and freelances

Read Michelle Stanistreet's article launching the FEU campaign in the Guardian:
BBC bullying highlights an issue across all of the creative industries.

You can download the NUJ's briefing for members and reps on sexual harassment.

New Equality and Human Rights Commisson guidance calls for employers to step up and protect staff from harassment.

The NUJ has also developed a model dignity at work agreement (members only). This can be tailored to your workplace and included in staff agreements.

Report on bullying at the BBC 2003 cover
Report on bullying at the BBC (2003)

The NUJ has highlighted incidents of bullying across the media – read all the news about bullying in the media.

The workSMART website from the TUC has a wealth of information about harassment and bullying in the workplace, including guidance on how to deal with it. Read the harassment and bullying pages on workSMART.

If bullying is endemic in your workplace, the HSE's monitoring tools may be of use.

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