Prospect has welcomed the decision of the House of Commons Commission to implement to recommendations of the independent Dame Laura Cox report into bullying and harassment of staff in parliament and pledged to work to make the reforms a success.
The decision was announced in a statement on the House of Commons website which said:
"Bullying and harassment have no place in the House of Commons, or in any area of public life. The persistence of this problem has rightly called into question the culture and leadership of the House of Commons. We acknowledge that we have a proactive role to play in improving the culture of the House Service, and therefore are resolved to ensure that Dame Laura Cox's report marks the moment where we commit to swift and lasting change."
The full statement can be read here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/other-committees/house-of-commons-commission/news-parliament-2017/statement-from-the-house-of-commons-commission-on-the-dame-laura-cox-report/
In response Prospect deputy general secretary Garry Graham said:
“This is a long overdue and very welcome decision that is a vital step in rebuilding trust between parliament and the staff who work there.
“Parliament may write our employment law but it has certainly not led the way on employment practices and it is disappointing that it has taken such public pressure to drag it into the 21st Century.
“Prospect look forward to working with the parliamentary authorities to implement these recommendations and make parliament a safer and happier workplace for our members.”