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)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A season of goodwill wish

The staff in big organisations like the University of Newcastle are not just composed of bullies or those being bullied – that is obvious! 
BUT before the rest of you congratulate yourselves on not fitting into either of these categories, were you one of those watching, knowing, hearing about bullying and keeping silent? 
·        Did you join in when a colleague was given the silent treatment?
·        Did you side with your manager/head against a colleague, without knowing the reason?
·        Did you know who stole from a colleague?
·        Did you watch a colleague being bullied?
·        Did you support your manager/head when they “ignored” university policy?
·        Did you collude quietly with your manager/head when they “got rid of” someone for a fabricated reason?
Were you a bystander?   
·        If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize for Peace 1984

·        The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing...
Albert Einstein.
Bystanders are as guilty as bullies; being silent is the same as consent.

Bullying is cowardly and wrong - do you really want to be part of it?

1 comment:

  1. Today when I look back at my experiences at UoN after reporting unethical and corrupt behaviour one thing stands out. That is the number of people who knew the truth but elected "not to get involved" and those who had the power to do something, but decided I was just "collateral damage". I actually feel sad for you.
    Now though that it has been accepted by the Workers Compensation Commission that my permanent work place injury is a direct result of my treatment by certain individuals at the UoN, my question is will the current UoN management follow policy and have these people disciplined according to their Workplace Agreements? Perhaps if they do than the number of people who "turn a blind eye" to the bullying and harassment at the UoN will realise just what are the consequences of their actions.

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