It has been a long and lonely battle for many of those who first spoke up and those who continue to suffer in silence. A new beginning and new challenge for the next generation of officers. Let us hope that the recommendations from the three reports submitted last week to the government on the RCMP,will be implemented and enforced.
With the class action lawsuit settled in October 2016 and three reports released last week the final curtain has fallen. There is no pretending the RCMP is fine, the organization needs everyone to see the benefits of a respectful , violent free, safe workplace. Like any habit or change in attitude for some there is resistance. The idea is to focus on the big picture of keeping the RCMP. It takes time and with proper ongoing training, leadership and implementing the recommendations from the three reports, then there is hope.
“Two women who endured years of sexual harassment as RCMP employees expressed mixed emotions as a landmark class-action suit against the force edged Wednesday toward final court approval. Speaking after a settlement hearing, the women expressed hope their long battle would pave the way for a more hospitable RCMP workplace. “It’s not a happy day based upon the fact that we’ve had to take this action to get change,” said Linda Davidson, one of the representative plaintiffs. “That’s sad. It’s 2017.” ”
If no one says anything then nothing changes. It is not what we say but how we say it!
Silence and non action allows workplace bullying to continue.