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, June 20, 2012

NTEU submits report

The NTEU UNSW has submitted a comprehensive report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on workplace bullying.

The complete report can be accessed via their website.


  1. former geographerJune 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I do hope that NTEU UoN will follow this example and submit a submission exposing the bullying within that Insitution. I remember when I first requested assistance from NTEU at UoN more than six years ago, I was informed that bullying was endemic across the University. Unfortunately, I found NTEU to be ineffective against the onslaught of bullying from senior management.

  2. The staff at the UNSW are so fortunate to have an NTEU branch that is proactive against workplace bullying. Being proactive is what will bring about change in these toxic work environments.

    What is the UoN NTEU doing?

  3. How did the NTEU help me?
    They were very sympathetic - they also told me to leave Newcastle for 20 years and by then the bullies would have hopefully left.
    Now that's action!

  4. If the NTEU wants to make a real difference by representing the underdogs, it should definitely discriminate between the faithful supporters and those who get in and out of it when it suits them.

    It should also stop representing the bullies at the expense of the victims of the bullies.

  5. They seem to be ineffective in other universities against workplace bullying and excessive workload also part of workplace bullying.....not sure what we pay membership for if all they can do is subtly agree with management