The workplace culture makes a big difference to the health of workers.

Where there is bullying and harassment, workers don’t fare well, their health suffers, and they need to take time off work because of the health impacts of the work environment.

That’s just what’s happening at Kentish and Latrobe Councils, where a survey of ASU members found worker’s health is suffering.

Shockingly, a recent survey of ASU members found 84% of respondents had been bullied, 95% believe work is negatively affecting the health of their colleagues, and 84% believe work is harming their health,

It’s unacceptable that this is happening to workers.

ASU Organisers are working with members and putting pressure on the councils to act on the toxic workplace culture.

The situation is so bad that the Minister for Local Government has got involved. He’s asked the Director of Local Government to get information on the concerns with bullying and harassment at Kentish and Latrobe Councils.

This is an important step, and it’s good that the minister has acknowledged the importance of workplaces that are free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.

But if the minister’s intervention doesn’t change council management’s tune, the ASU will look at options, including a complaint to WorkSafe Tasmania or a trip to the Fair Work Commission.

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