Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)
We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.
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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.
Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)
Friday, December 31, 2010
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Friday, December 17, 2010
Whilst some of them do come in from their "day jobs" to give a lecture or two, many casuals here at the University of Newcastle are hoping to have an academic career. However, casuals have no career path and are the most vulnerable members of staff - they can be dismissed almost instantly and have very few rights. Management openly speak of supporting staff on ongoing contracts rather than casuals, regardless of the actual situation.
Casuals are often bullied at the University of Newcastle, as reported in our survey. Is it this shift in the workforce that is contributing to the huge increase in bullying here?