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, August 8, 2012
No longer gagged!
"in July 2008 under considerable duress I signed a confidentiality agreement (aligned with a ‘voluntary’ redundancy) stating that I would not discuss my employment with a third person or take legal action against the University. However, I will always regret being complicit in a cover up of malicious workplace behaviour at the University ."
Under the parliamentary privilege afforded to submissions to the Workplace Bullying Inquiry, KH now has the opportunity to have her experiences of being bullied out of the University of Newcastle published in the public domain.
Her maltreatment included a survey by the university to determine whether her “return would adversely impact on the working environment for staff and/or the operations of the area". This survey of discriminatory questions was completed by eight staff members, even though only two had any personal involvement with KH's dispute. How much lower can an organisation sink!
At last, the extreme lengths that the University of Newcastle goes to to get rid of ethical and hard-working academics is there for the public to read.