Irish Extreme Right Wing Government Bully Public Sector Workers

In an atmosphere of depression after the country was brought to its knees by the continued policies of current government,  they go on to only attack particular groups in society. Setting aside the blatant lack of compassion for people on welfare and disability, this government has set out its stall on its vision for services for the public and it ain’t pretty.  Their total lack of respect for their employees is simply staggering. People who have worked hard and for long hours in difficult jobs for many years face a cut in their wages for something they had no hand in at all. The cuts needed to pay for the gamblers from the private sector in the banks. The new Marie Antoinettes of Ireland (Government, IBEC, ISME with their media friends) have truly put it up to the public sector workers…you are worth less now in our eyes. We don’t value your contribution to the health and welfare of this nation.

Types of Bullying

Verbal Bullying

  • Slandering, ridiculing or maligning an employee or his/her family
  • Persistent name calling which is hurtful, insulting or humiliating
  • Using a person as butt of jokes
  • Abusive and offensive slagging

Physical Bullying

  • Pushing, shoving, kicking, poking, tripping people up.
  • Assaults or threats of physical assaults.
  • Damage to a person’s work area or property.

Gesture Bullying

Non verbal threatening gestures, glances which can convey threatening and frightening messages.


Socially or physically excluding or disregarding an employee or colleague.


The deliberate extraction of money or other items of property accompanied by threats.

Using outright bullying  which has been the hallmark of this top down approach, government go on to state that reform or else more cuts could be on the agenda. They may have just broken the camels back with this budget.  The past few years of dealing with lack of resources and lack of staff with constant unvisionary change management will push public sector workers over the edge as their right to dignity at work has been  repeatedly attacked by a deliberate and repeated  abusive campaign.

HSA Definition of Bullying “Repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could be reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work.”

*What Forms Can Bullying Take?

The forms that bullying can take, can include :

  • Persistent picking on individuals
  • Shouting at staff in public and/or private
  • Personal insults and use of offensive nicknames
  • Public humiliations in any form
  • Constant criticism of trivial matters
  • Repeatedly accusing staff of errors which have not been made
  • Deliberately interfering with post and other communiques
  • Spreading unfounded malicious rumours
  • Encouraging other staff to disregard another staff member’s orders
  • Ignoring/ cutting out an individual at meetings, giving deliberately ambiguous instructions, then setting objectives with impossible deadlines.
  • Inflicting menial tasks
  • Taking credit for another’s ideas
  • Refusing reasonable requests for leave
  • Blocking a persons promotion

The Public sector workers are not only angry about their salary being taken off them without consent , they fear for the cuts to services.  For  they know more than most that the people that need them are often voiceless. That is exactly why Government attacked people on welfare.

* From Trinity College Bullying Research Centre


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