As a first step, any Member who feels that they are being subjected to disrespectful behaviour is encouraged to address it with the person directly in hopes of an informal resolution. Bringing concerns forward as quickly as possible prevents issues from becoming larger problems. Often behaviours can be modified once the person is made aware of the concern. There are tips within the Respectful Workplace Guide on the Staff Resource Centre for how to effectively have these one-on-one discussions.
If you feel you are being bullied or harassed in the workplace, and informal conflict resolution is not reasonable, comfortable, and safe, report the issue to your manager and/or Human Resources and your PEINU representative.
If your manager is your challenge, then going to HR and your PEINU Representative is your best course of action.
If you still feel you are not being heard, then you have the right to escalate your concern. PEINU Members are encouraged to reach a resolution by working with Health PEI staff, leaders, and their PEINU representatives who are here to help you directly. If you are unsure of who the appropriate person in HPEI leadership is to escalate your concern(s) then you are encouraged to reach out to the Union so we can provide that advice. Escalating concerns immediately to the Premier, the Minister, and the Media often doesn’t result in getting your concern dealt with in a timely manner. When concerns are reported and escalated anonymously it is very difficult to investigate.
Members cannot be disciplined for reporting what they consider to be inappropriate behaviour. The Workplace Harassment Regulations are included within The Occupational Health and Safety Act which specifically states that “the employer shall not reprimand, seek reprisal or discriminate against a worker who has made a workplace harassment complaint in good faith” (OH&S Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988).
Please visit the link below on the Health PEI staff Resource Centre to view the Human Resources Team and their contact information.