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)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CSIRO acts responsibly and constructively

From the Sydney Morning Herald comes the following good news

"THE CSIRO has announced an ''independent'' inquiry into a string of serious allegations of misconduct and workplace bullying by as many as 100 former scientists, two months after it was issued with a formal notice by the Commonwealth work safety regulator."
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"This group has names on it such as Maarten Stapper, a soil scientist allegedly pushed out because of his criticism of genetically modified crops, globally recognised oceanographer Trevor McDougall and award-winning entomologist Sylwester Chyb, who has begun litigation against the CSIRO for misleading conduct and unlawful termination."

We have had reports of bullying at the University of Newcastle by OVER 195 INDIVIDUALS.  Many others have commented on their bullying experiences on our blog or on the Newcastle Herald website.  Furthermore, a number of prominent ex-employees have written at length about their experiences at the University of Newcastle - these record the lengthy bullying history of this university (see links to view these).

Will the University of Newcastle continue to cover-up the bullying culture that pervades it?  
Will the University of Newcastle management continue to destroy the lives of more students and staff?
Could the University of Newcastle act like the CSIRO and act in an ethical and responsible manner?
Could the University of Newcastle have an independent inquiry into the bullying?

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