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)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Australia’s worker’s compensation scheme is fast becoming one of the worst in the developed world."


We have been alerted by John McPhilbin of the Injured Workers Support Network to the following

"According to studies still being conducted at RMIT University, Australia’s worker’s compensation scheme is fast becoming one of the worst in the developed world.

We received an interesting email from RMIT film student and WorkCover Victim, Kris Vanston, who was responsible for putting together a great piece on ‘toxic’ WorkCover Systems. Kris is now seeking stories from a wide section of people in order to make a documentary.  If you would like to share your stories, please do so via thescheme@centralmusic.com.au Kris points out that what started as a minor project is now gathering steam and a great deal of interest.

Kris has just sold his story to quite a large production company who is going to make a documentary film called ‘The Scheme’. It is hoped that it will be released late next year."

More details from Kris are available on the Injured Workers Support Network website. 

Kris says "We want to hear your stories! We want the big issues! The stories that need to be heard. Let us know what you think about this system and what could be changed. I for one, would never want my family, friends or any of you to be processed by the WorkCover system. Because more often than not, WorkCover and the insurance companies cause more problems than they set out to solve."

If you have a story to tell about your experience with WorkCover following bullying at the University of Newcastle, please contact thescheme@centralmusic.com.au

1 comment:

  1. Vulture-like beings feed on the life-blood of victims to gain energy, power and control. To stand by and watch such destructive behaviour shows a weak character.

    Remorse for such severe harm to innocent victims is non-existent or feigned by perpetrators. Re-education of bullies promises little reform if it is so easy to fool others.

    Strong penalties must be enacted and followed to stamp out such cruel and insensitive harmful behaviour.