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)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Good news !!??!!

Can there ever be good news about bullying?
Well, the good news at the moment is that workplace bullying is in the news.  The new draft code on workplace bullying (SafeWork Australia) has received considerable attention in the press. 
  • Safework Australia has received 70 submissions regarding the bullying code (out of 331 submissions regarding the new OH&S  code).
  • The ACTU has said that the new anti-bullying proposals don’t go far enough.
  • Employers have criticised the draft code of practice on workplace bullying because small businesses may be unable to introduce some of its proposals.
The new Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten, has also spoken out about workplace bullying stating that "Workplace bullying is a crime.  It can't be tolerated at all".
Have a look at these linked publications and REMEMBER, you can have your say (directly to SafeWork Australia, to Bill Shorten or via comments on these online articles).
Help to keep this issue alive until there is progress made against workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle and other workplaces.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really hoping that this national focus on workplace bullying will not only assist in preventing bullying but also protect those that attempt to report bullying.
    I also hope that placing a workplace bullying prevention poster up in the workplace will no longer be a punishable offence at the Uni of Newcastle.
    I was placed under a very punitive restrictive regime (socially and professional isolated) and effectively thrown out of my academic career because I placed a 'stop workplace bullying' poster on my office door. I was informed by the University that it upset the people who I alleged had bullied me over a number of years and because I objected to its removal.
    I am not very confident that laws will make any impact on the entrenched culture of bullying within academia. But remain hopeful that I will be proved wrong.