VCAL and Headstart students have had an incredible insight into workplace bullying and discrimination this week with presentations from the Young Workers Centre (YWC).
Based in Melbourne, the YWC is a one-stop-shop for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving workplace issues.
In this morning’s session, Senior VCAL students heard from YWC representative James Lea. James, whose work background is in hospitality, first came in contact with the YWC when he reported a case of being underpaid by his employer. Now he works for YWC, empowering young people with the knowledge and skills needed to end workplace exploitation and insecurity.
James led the students through a series of real life case studies that helped them explore what workplace bullying looks like, the power dynamics in workplaces, unfair dismissal, workplace injuries and Workcover, sexual harassment, the Occupational Health & Safety Act… and more.
James’s message was clear. “Speak up,” he said. “You don’t have to accept bullying at work. Keep an incident diary—make complaints in writing—and if you see something, say something. Ask your co-workers if they are okay.”