Majority of young workers face bullying

RESEARCH gathered by the UnionsACT reveals that 50 per cent of workers aged between 15 to 25 have worked in unsafe workplaces and 70 per cent of young workers have experienced bullying and harassment. 

Secretary of UnionsACT Alex White says many young peoples’ first experience as a worker is of serious risks, injuries, threats and intimidation, and unlawful behaviour by employers.

“From their very first job, thousands of young workers are facing unsafe working conditions, bullying and sexual harassment,” he says.

“Young workers are entering the workplace without knowledge of their rights to safe work.”

The research also shows that:

  • Young workers are injured up to twice the rate as the rest of the workforce.
  • Awareness of workplace safety rights, policies and laws was low.
  • Young women reported high levels of experiencing sexual harassment while at work.
  • Young workers reported fears and pressure from employers to not report unsafe practices.

Report can be accessed here.

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