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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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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, October 2, 2012

Workplace Bullying Inquiry

Submissions to the parliamentary Workplace Bullying Inquiry continue to grow.  There have now been 278 submissions from individuals, organizations,  associations, trade unions, professionals, academics, etc.

Although the closing date for submissions has long passed by, submissions continue to be made.  This is an opportunity for anyone who has been bullied at the University of Newcastle to make a submission.  You can decide if you want it to be confidential, if you want it authorised for publication or if you want it authorised for publication but your identity withheld.  As you will see from the website, only individual's initials are used and identifying details in the submissions are removed.

So far, three submissions (8, 25, 53) were made by ex-academic staff of the University.  We also know that a number of submissions have been made by current or ex-staff/students of the University - some of these have been submitted confidentially and some are still awaiting authorisation for publication.

We are still awaiting the publication of our survey on workplace bullying - 195 staff/students of the University responded to this survey.

1 comment:

  1. The media will soon pick up some of the submissions by former UoN academics who have been bullied out.

    These submissions are a damning indictment on the extent of bullying at that university, including bullying of students.