Bullying : Responses to Rhoda’s Questions in Parliament

8 July 2016

Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to make bullying a specific offence.

John Swinney : The Scottish Government takes the issue of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace very seriously.

That is one of the reasons that the Independent Fair Work Convention was set up in April 2015 bringing together trade unions, the private sector and the wider public sector.

Part of the convention's remit is to encourage progressive workforce policies which encourage innovation, higher productivity and better workforce engagement.

Scottish Government is not considering legislation on workplace bullying at this time.

However there are a number of existing criminal offences which criminalise behaviour that can amount to bullying.

The common law of assault and the statutory offence of threatening and abusive behaviour criminalise conduct associated with behaviour that can also amount to bullying.



Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered the appointment of a Scottish anti-bullying "tsar".

John Swinney : The Scottish Government takes the issue of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace very seriously.

However, the Scottish Government is not currently considering the appointment of a Scottish anti-bullying “tsar”.