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, March 13, 2013

“Extreme and unrelenting” says victim of bullying at the University of Newcastle

Extreme and unrelenting” says victim of bullying at the University of Newcastle
The bullying suffered by current and past staff at the University of Newcastle has been  described as “extreme and unrelenting”, “appalling, devastating, shocking” and “offensive and embarrassing”.  Another victim reported that it was “like being stripped naked and taken into a gas chamber.  The only difference is the pain isn’t stopped by dying, because somehow you have to live through it even though the toxicity just never stops”.  The effects of bullying on physical and psychological health are substantial.
More than half the 195 respondents from the University to a survey stated that they had sleep problems and depression.   They spoke of being under extreme stress, “constant panic at the workplace”, “random periods of tears”, “feeling under threat, walking on eggshells” or “feeling overwhelmed, extremely disliked, powerless, disenfranchised”. 
About one-third also reported headaches and constant tiredness, as well as digestive problems and nausea.   Of concern is the high number (40 people) who had increased their alcohol and smoking intake, with 42 suffering from hypertension and heart palpitations.  Smoking and alcohol are a major contributor to death rates and ill-health in Australia.
Last year, the Parliamentary Inquiry into Workplace Bullying produced a report on steps to be taken to stop bullying.  The “United Stand against Bullying” movement is holding a protest at 17 Bolton Street, Newcastle, at 1.30 pm on Friday 15th March 2013.  This protest will coincide with a Work Injury Damages Claim, the first ever in Australia because of bullying.  If you would like to join the protest or get further information, please email  standupagainstbullying15032013@gmail.com

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