August 4th, 2009
Andrea Adams Trust – Goodbye & Thank You
On July 31, 2009 the first UK organization to combat Workplace Bullying — the Andrea Adams Trust – exited from the public stage for lack of funding after 15 years of service. The Trust’s namesake, Adams, coined the phrase workplace bullying for the world. She (with Neil Crawford) wrote the first book on the topic in England. Cancer claimed the pioneer in 1995. Read a 1994 Andrea Adams speech.
We at US-based WBI salute and thank the British pioneers for their contributions, including the six years of Ban Bullying Days and crisis line support for targeted individuals. Lyn Witheridge, founder and chief executive of the trust said: “It is time for the Andrea Adams Trust to pass on the baton, and I urge other organisations who share our passion in the fight against workplace bullying to continue with our work. ”Recognition of the effects of bullying in the workplace is essential if it is to be legitimately challenged, which can only be achieved through persistent effort to raise awareness of this insidious practice.”
The Trust will be missed.
Gary and Ruth Namie, Founders, WBI
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