I was listening to a discussion about inappropriate behaviour in the workplace on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning when the ethics of a boss asking an employee if they would like them to give them a massage was being discussed. Obviously, there was unanimity that this is wrong, but the contributor went on to say that companies should have whistle blowing lines etc for the reporting of such matters.
Whilst such reporting mechanisms may be helpful, I believe that supporting and assisting the employee in such a situation was and is a key role for a trade union to undertake. Using your Trade Union in such a case ensures impartiality in the process and independent oversight. Unions fell out of favour in the eighties but the need for them has never gone away and in many ways the importance of being a member has never been more important.
The message from the Independent Pilots Association is that if you are being subjected to any inappropriate behaviour in the workplace then we will support you and ensure you are treated with dignity and respect.
The Independent Pilots Association works with its members from the moment they are offered employment, providing advice on contracts of employment and bond agreements, legal advice on employment matters, and representation at discipline, grievance and capability meetings. We have no historic ties with any airline, making us the only truly independent trade union for UK based pilots.