Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Call for inquiry into bullying at airportsOn 7 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today TheAmicus union has called for an inquiry into working practices in the aviationindustry after a specially set up hotline revealed a culture of bullying andabuse at Heathrow and Gatwick.Thehotline, set up at the two airports by workplace bullying specialists theAndrea Adams Trust, was in operation for two weeks in July. In that short time,it received calls from more than 150 workers, 91 per cent of whom were fromethnic minorities. Themost extreme report was from a young woman who claimed she was locked in a coldstore for 15 minutes to ‘teach her a lesson’ after she complained about anotheremployee touching her inappropriately.Themajority of cases involved individuals reporting comments regarding colour andreligion who felt they were not integrated into the main group because of theirethnicity. Onemanager said that while he recognised that bullying behaviours could be seenall around the airport, most victims kept their heads down and got on withtheir work. This,warned Amicus, was a result of a genuine fear of raising a complaint ofbullying, as staff felt it would lead to either further intimidation or losingtheir jobs. GordonWhite, national secretary for civil aviation at Amicus, said: “Bullying isa disaster for morale, attendance and productivity. We are calling uponemployers to get their houses in order for the sake of their staff and theirbusinesses. We will be writing toemployers and we expect them to work with the union to boot the bullies out ofthe airports.” Amicus,which has received £1.8m of funding from the DTI to work with employers totackle workplace bullying, is writing to all airport businesses where the unionhas recognition to invite them to work with it to tackle the root causes ofbullying. Look out for the results of a PersonnelToday in-depth workplace bullying survey, carried out with the Andrea AdamsTrust, on 28 SeptemberByDaniel Thomas
Results are presented from a novel EISCAT special programme, SP-UK-BEAN, intended for the direct measurement of the ion temperature anisotropy during ion frictional heating events in the high-latitude F-region. The experiment employs a geometry which provides three simultaneous estimates of the ion temperature in a single F-region observing volume at a range of aspect angles from 0° to 36°. In contrast to most previous EISCAT experiments to study ion temperature anisotropies, field-aligned observations are made using the Sodankylä radar, while the Kiruna radar measures at an aspect angle of the order of 30°. Anisotropic effects can thus be studied within a small common volume whose size and altitude range is limited by the radar beamwidth, rather than in volumes which overlap but cover different altitudes. The derivation of line-of-sight ion temperature is made more complex by the presence of an unknown percentage of atomic and molecular ions at the observing altitude and the possibility of non-Maxwellian distortion of the ion thermal velocity distribution. The first problem has been partly accounted for by insisting that a constant value of electron temperature be maintained. This enables an estimate of the ion composition to be made, and facilitates the derivation of more realistic line-of-sight ion temperatures and temperature anisotropies. The latter problem has been addressed by assuming that the thermal velocity distribution remains bi-Maxwellian. The limitations of these approaches are discussed. The ion temperature anisotropies and temperature partition coefficients during two ion heating events give values intermediate between those expected for atomic and for molecular species. This result is consistent with an analysis which indicates that significant proportions of molecular ions (up to 50%) were present at the times of greatest heating.
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