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Workplace bullying at its very best

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After six and a half years as an organiser I’ve seen incidents of workplace bullying that have left me in a state of disbelief and seething.

I thought I had seen it at its worst!

However, in June this year I was contacted by Jo-Ann Williams, a 60 old lady who was working with Downer EDI thru a labour hire firm.

Downers are contracted to Landcorp who are contracted to the WA government on a number of major projects in Karratha.

They include the new hospital and Water Corporation pumping station.

I arranged to meet with Jo-Ann to discuss her situation at work and she provided me with a written statement outlining the abuse she had been subjected to by the site superintendent contracted to Downers.

Jo-ann had been working for this crew since 2013 and has been the target of the jumped-up stand-over man on numerous occasions.

She stated that on occasions she has been called a f---ing c—t in front of fellow workers (men who allowed this to happen!!).

Another time Jo-anne, who is a lady who takes care of her appearance – as per our photo - was told she looked like a f---ing whore.

She has also been rubbished and abused over the two-way in “public air space” and her male workmates chose not to defend her for fear of becoming victims and losing their jobs.

I have monitored the channel used by this foul-mouthed supervisor for a number of days and the bloke obviously thinks his poop doesn’t stink.

Over several months I had conversations with numerous individuals from Downers EDI, Landcorp and local MP’s, including Brendan Grills, over the treatment being dished out to Jo-ann.

All I got from Brendan was, “We don’t have the power to get involved”.

I sent a written statement to Worksafe on Jo-Ann’s behalf but was told – “It isn’t our inspectors’ role to get involved in the alleged behavior or to mediate with the parties involved.”

So much for our national campaign against abuse of women.

I’m sorry to have to report that, in the end, Jo-Ann’s mental health deteriorated to the point where she was so distraught and broken by the constant bullying she had to get away.

Her employer has since placed her on another job where she gets treated with respect by both management and her fellow workers.

But I haven’t finished with the thuggish prick who drove her into the ground, I will be making official complaints to the Human Rights Commission and Prime Minister’s office.

Workplace bullying at its very best