Highland MSP delighted with the response to anti bullying web site launched two days ago

17th. December 2014

Highlands, Islands and Moray (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant has said she is delighted with the positive response to the launch of her anti bullying site Tobie two days ago.

 Speaking today (17/12/14) she said “ Only on Monday we launched this support web site aimed at helping those who suffer at the hands of bullies in employment.

Our site called Tobie (Tackling Oppressive Behaviour In Employment) can be accessed via

 “Since Monday I have been stopped and informed of constituents individual experiences at the hands of the bullies.

“We have received supportive and positive Emails from a variety of people and organisations and one local media outlet has secured 125 likes on their facebook page and 25 positive comments relating to this campaign”

 “ I am taking the campaign to Elgin on Friday and will be at the St Giles Centre at 10am along with Ailsa McDowell the local UNISON representative and Councillor Sean Morton.

“It is important that those of us who can effect change, whether that be legislative, cultural or within society, do all we can, to make sure this horrible behavioural action gets eradicated or at least becomes no longer acceptable under any circumstance”.

 “Bullying says more about the bully than the innocent sufferer.

“Basically we all know that bullies are cowards.

“In employment, jealousy plays a part, as does lack of confidence in the bullies own ability and in Management, the bully has to use his or her position to assert their control”

Rhoda Grant continued, “ Please, please, if you suffer at the hands of bullies visit our site and hopefully there you will find information that will help you deal with or take action against the bully”.



15th. December 2014


Highlands & Islands MSP and Shadow Wellbeing Minister,Rhoda Grant has set up a web site designed to support and offer assistance to those who suffer bullying in employment.


The site, called Tobie (Tackling Oppressive Behaviour In Employment,) can be found by following the link


Rhoda Grant said,


 “ It is a sad reflection on society in the 21st century when bullying is rife within the work place as well as at schools, colleges and in other forms of life.


“The individual who suffers at the hands of bullies is scarred for a very long time if not for life.


“Such behaviour causes mental health issues to the innocent sufferer who is subject to bouts of anxiety, depression, stress, associated illnesses and ultimately absence from work.


“Employers have a key role to play in trying to stamp out this anti social and unacceptable behaviour and as a stepping stone in the right direction, every employer should make sure they have an anti bullying policy which all staff are aware of.


“ I would like to think that any acts of bullying within the workplace will be viewed seriously and where there is evidence the perpetrator will be subject to disciplinary process”.


“Of course it is hard to get people to talk about bullying, but I would plead with anyone who is subjected to this form of cowardly behaviour to speak to someone about it in the first place, whether that be a colleague or a Line Manager or even a parent or guardian.


“I am hopeful that my site will enable sufferers to seek that right advice and guidance, point them in the right direction and hopefully see the individual being in a position to deal with the bully and break away from this unwanted and despicable behaviour”.


John Gibson, Branch Secretary UNISON said,


 "We are very happy to support the Tobie project. 


“As a union we have campaigned for many years, and continue to campaign, against bullying in the workplace. 


“This project is a good reminder to both employers and employees that it is essential to give support within a workplace to ensure the health and wellbeing of all within it. 


“Employees should not be undermined by behaviour that is totally unacceptable and should have the reassurances from their employers that when they report bullying in the workplace, that employer will take decisive action to stop it. 


“It is in everyone's interest to insure that an employee can go to work in a safe environment."



Bullying/Harassment in the workplace

If you are the target of harassment at work, you may find it hard to evidence exactly what action another individual is, or indeed individuals are doing, to make you feel the way you do.

You may feel at a low ebb, even depressed.

You dread going into work and you constantly feel anxious.

You want to work and indeed you have to work, but the thought of going into work
weighs heavily on you.

This type of behaviour from one person to another is not acceptable in any form and
has to be addressed.

This behaviour has to be addressed for your own health and well being as well as for
the good of your company or organisation.

Employees who harass others need to be stopped.

It may be difficult to evidence such behaviour or action, because there is not one
particular incident or event that highlights this issue.

However it may be manifest as a result of a series of individual actions or behaviour
targeted at you.

The TOBIE campaign (Tackling Oppressive Behaviour In Employment) has been set
up by Highlands & Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant who said,

“ Bullying of any kind, or harassment at work, has to be eradicated.

“It is the responsibility of the Employer to ensure the heath and well being of all staff
is being maintained to the highest possible standards.

“Such behaviour from one employee to another is just not acceptable and should not
be happening in the 21 century.

“The victim suffers silently and in many cases alone.

“He or she cannot evidence one particular action or behaviour that makes them feel
the way they do, but there may be a pattern as a result of a series of events.

“I want to engage with the business sector throughout the Highlands & Islands, I
want to speak to Staff Associations and Unions and together I hope we may be able
to make a difference for the victims who suffer this silent, energy-sapping and anti
social behaviour”.