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, April 28, 2012
This "has been set up as a central point of enquiry for information, advice and support in managing inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviours." There is an 11-page document of "Guidelines for responding to inappropriate, concerning and threatening behaviour" - this includes bullying.
Another bit of cosmetic surgery to cover up the bullying and harassment meted out by the senior management at this university.
No cover-ups at the University of Newcastle! - over 190 staff and students are wrong.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Optus ex-employee states that she has been subjected to ''bullying, suppression and victimisation'' within the company which she said prevented her from doing her job.
She is asking for $14.5 million in damages, loss of future earnings and damage to her reputation.
"Just" one million dollars to each person who has reported being bullied at the University of Newcastle would put the uni into the red by $190,000,000.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
- The most up-to-date strategies that are guaranteed to work
- How to select strategies that are best suited to your situation
- How to use direct and indirect methods of bullying to your advantage
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
- Promise your new employee (in the half lecturing-half admin position) that the next full lectureship position will be theirs.
- A new full lectureship position arises. You "give" this position as promised to the person in the half-half position.
- To fill the now-vacant half-half position, you ask your favourite person to apply.
- You ensure that you are on the selection panel (despite the conflict of interest, being the first referee etc etc).
- You collude with this applicant so that they appear to fiulfill all the essential criteria.
- This applicant is then employed in the half-half position.
- Time goes by.
- Repeat from step 2 (A new full lectureship position arises......ETC ETC ETC)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
"WorkSafe has found the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has seriously failed to address bullying by senior management."
"Education Minister Chris Bourke says the CIT will have to prove its implementing the changes."
Read more or watch more here.
There were SEVEN cases at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
OVER 190 people have reported bullying at the University of Newcastle in our survey.
What is the matter with New South Wales??
Can it be true that there is NO-ONE, NOT EVEN ONE PERSON, in the whole of New South Wales who will stand up and investigate the bullying at the Univesity of Newcastle?
Thursday, April 12, 2012
- Do not "engage in ‘cosmetic quality assurance’ and ‘superficial higher education policies’".
- “Education is not an end in itself. Education is a value.”
- "frameworks do not matter as long as they achieve the appropriate outcomes".
Quotes from McConkey, Cebu City, April 2011.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Where does that money go?
At the University of Newcastle we know it is wasted on
- internal "investigations" of complaints
- external "investigators"
- in-house legal costs
- external legal costs (for "tame" lawyers and barristers)
- gagging clauses (to keep bullying victims quiet)
- "redundancy" payouts (to get rid of complainants)
- wasted Human Resources money (money spent on job advertisements and recruitment whilst a "favourite employee" is already ear-marked for the position)
- bonuses for senior management
- what else?
Taxpayers' money is also wasted on
- medical assessments and treatment for the Uni's bullying victims (is that why a mental health unit is based so acessibly at the Mater Hospital?)
- pro bono or no win, no fee legal work
- loss of expertise and experience (those bullied are often removed because they are seen as threats to the favourite workers)
- educating and training people who are then bullied out of work
- additional work for federal and state departments (Workers Compensation, Human Rights, Fairwork Australia, etc etc etc).
- stress management for partners, family members, friends of those bullied.
- students who transfer to other universities because of bullying.
- etc etc
How can this be justified?
Just think what could be achieved in Australia with even $6 Billion (let alone $36 Billion)!
Monday, April 9, 2012
He has been accused of plagiarism in his PhD.
The university in Budapest that awarded him his PhD stripped it from him.
So what is wrong with Hungary? Are they crazy?
Staff who plagiarise should be rewarded and promoted.
Is there a position at the University of Newcastle for this man?
He would quickly be promoted up the ranks here.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
- Targets are independent. They refuse to be subservient.
- Targets are more technically skilled than their bullies. They are the "go-to" veteran workers to whom new employees turn for guidance.
- Targets are better liked, they have more social skills, and quite likely possess greater emotional intelligence. They have empathy
- Targets are ethical and honest. Some targets are whistleblowers who expose fraudulent practices. Every whistleblower is bullied. Targets are not schemers or slimy con artists.
- Targets are non-confrontive. They do not respond to aggression with aggression. (They are thus morally superior.)
Bottomley states that
"Suicide has been captured by the medical profession…. which focuses on mental illness and pays very little attention to the social factors and the economic factors that might contribute to mental illness".
His research shows that work factors are a critical factor in understanding suicide today
"because work has such an important place in people’s sense of identity, when something goes wrong in the workplace, if there is injustice, where there’s bullying, where there’s retrenchment and discrimination – all these things contribute to a violent attack on people’s sense of identity and can lead to mental illness, depression in particular … ".