Headlines: November 10th, 2000

Public Sector organisations will share in the latest award of funding to improve life in the workplace. Innovation was the key factor for successful bids to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Partnership Fund.Awards to the health service include a project to counter harassment and bullying. An NHS Trust and the trade union UNISON want to engineer a cultural change and introduce a policy of zero tolerance. They will run a training programme to ensure all managers and trade union representatives are trained collectively in partnership. This will enable the effective management and support of staff who experience harassment or bullying in the workplace. Another Trust working with UNISON, is seeking to address the issue of aggression and violence against Trust staff, which in turn affects absence and turnover.

In central government the Inland Revenue and the Public and Commercial Services union are jointly identifying ways of working in partnership between the management and union. The project will focus on three different and remote offices to establish best practice working which will then be disseminated throughout the Inland Revenue. The project will also provide the opportunity to deliver a culture change that will be an important factor in implementing their Modernisation Agreement and maximising the effectiveness of employees’ representation.

A local government project is researching examples of best practice and flexible working methods, including better work-life balance and new ways of working. This will be part of a cultural change initiative enhancing working conditions, motivation, morale and personal empowerment.

Link: www.dti.gov.uk/partnershipfund