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About Me

Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Solidarity


I’ve been reading a rather marvellous book by Owen Jones called ‘Chavs’ which exposes how the middle classes have come, due initially to Thatcherism, to deride the entire working class as money-grabbing, lazy and ignorant. Jones describes the modern day working class as including roles such as secretaries, nurses, call centre workers and service industry workers, including retail. 

I cannot help but think of things in terms of class at the moment, especially when there are still lawyers who still insist I wasn’t bullied, but that I am, instead, a money grabbing individual out to extort the system. 

Newsflash and timely reminder: I took my settlement money and this is what I did with it:

1) I wrote and self-published my self-help book Bullied by the Boss. I hired a marvellous English editor (@FionaWordsBird) and an American editor to make sure it had cross-channel appeal and I used my own money to do so.



2) I launched the book in Canary Wharf tube station and hired a barbershop quartet to sing work related songs while hired helpers handed out flyers. I bought my ‘team’ Bullied by the Boss T-shirts. All this came out of the settlement money, as did the hotel and travelling expenses. I also hired a great photographer, Adam Hollingsworth.


 
3. I made a donation to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

4. I retrained as a literacy teacher.
 
Just because we’re secretaries, nurses or clerks standing up for ourselves, whistle-blowing or taking legal action doesn’t mean we’re out to extort money. Sometimes, just because of a sense of solidarity and a stubborn sense of fairness, we will spend our time and money trying to help people in the same boat.


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