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)
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
We are not alone!
It is "heartening" (in a bizarre way) to hear what has happened to the website "A Workcover victim's diary"
"Yesterday, a workcover victims diary was off line most of the day, in particular access was impossible in the afternoon and most of the evening. Our host service provider explained to us that there was too much traffic on our site and this can be caused by an intentional attack or simply by over-popularity of the site. Given the history of certain WorkCover Authorities and Allianz workers comp insurer’s of attempting to make entire copies of our site, we would not be surprised that a WorkCover Authority, MP and/or agent was responsible for the “traffic jam”."
The attack on our website and on other similar ones clearly demonstrates that speaking the truth is VERY SCARY to many of the organisations involved.