9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN17 Industrial Relations, Labour Market Institutions and Employment

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Employment Conditions: Regulating Employment Building AA, Auditório Silva Leal

Comparison of nine workplace harassment protocols in Spanish companies

In recent years workplace harassment protocols have been negotiated in Spanish companies which are generally medium or large sized and in the service sector. From the study of nine workplace protocols negotiated between the management of the companies and the unions representing the workers in nine savings banks we have found certain similarities.
In this work we intend to show how acts of harassment in the workplace represent an assault on human dignity. This attack focuses on isolating the victim, denigrating them as a person, debasing their working conditions and submitting them to an atmosphere of fear.
These acts of harassment are conditioned by the organization of work and we will show how these workplace harassment protocols attempt to modify certain aspects of this organization to prevent and in this instance solve the cases that may arise.
Finally, we establish the relationship between the growing concern for personal dignity in the workplace and the social responsibility of firms.