Unions NSW has launched a newly revised Dignity and Respect Charter today, after the Federal Government passed a number of amendments to the Fair Work Act, including specific new provisions for bullying at work.

Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, Labor’s candidate for the seat of Kingsford-Smith, represented the Federal Government at the launch.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said the revised Charter was aimed at assisting workplaces to ensure they were providing dignity and respect to all workers.

“Over the past couple of months, a working party of unions has been meeting with Unions NSW on the revision of the Charter in light of the Federal Labor Government’s important anti-bullying changes to the Fair Work Act,” Mr Lennon said.

“Legislating to help prevent bullying in the workplace is vital reform, and we have been eager to ensure that our Charter reflects these important new developments.

“The new charter explains the five steps necessary for workplaces to create a bully-free workplace. As the Charter notes, everyone in the workplace, irrespective of their position, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

“No one should suffer bullying or harassment while going about their work or returning to work after an injury or illness. This can put at risk the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers. It is important for everyone to speak up or speak out against unacceptable behaviour.

“We want all workers to remember that the standard that you walk by is the standard you accept.

“Unions NSW commends the Federal Government for expanding the laws against bullying in the workplace, and we strongly encourage the Federal Coalition to commit to supporting them. We are hopeful that our revised Charter will lead to fewer cases of workplace bullying in the future.”

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