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, October 22, 2012
BULLYING IS AN ISSUE FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY
We do not feel that we are a powerless group but we do agree that bullying and investigations into bullying to require a collective response. This is why we have repeatedly called for an investigation into the culture of bullying at the University of Newcastle.
The SMH reiterates the fact that
"The human and business costs are huge: a 2010 Productivity Commission estimate put the costs of absenteeism, illness and low morale and productivity at between $6 billion and $36 billion a year. The problem is not confined to business. The State of the Public Sector report tabled in the Victorian Parliament last month found 36 per cent of public servants had witnessed workplace bullying in the past year and 20 per cent had directly experienced bullying. Only 3 per cent had made a formal complaint."
The SMH also states that
"victims must be given the confidence to report bullying, which comes from knowing complaints will be acted upon. Only cultural change will ensure that people in positions of responsibility have zero tolerance of bullying. ... The campaign against bullying should be above party politics and include the whole community. The state can do more to raise awareness of the illegality of bullying and of the harm it does, but responsibility for change rests with all of us.
All too often, bullies can depend on the rest of us remaining silent when others are victimized. Changing this culture of passivity will take time, but the surest way to stop bullies is for everyone else to stand united against their conduct."
We have seen the culture of bullying flourish unchecked at the University of Newcastle, with most people standing by in silence or colluding in covering the misconduct. We have been victimized because we refused to stand by silently and refused to collude in covering up misconduct.
We continue to call for an investigation into the bullying that has been happening and continues to happen at the University of Newcastle.
Why is there no-one courageous enough to undertake such an investigation?