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)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Be alert and be very alarmed!

Fairfax Press reports that

"A law to help employees achieve a better work-life balance could pass Parliament with the Coalition's support – but only if new powers to tackle bullying are removed....

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten described the new stance as a backflip by a party ''choosing to play politics rather than to protect vulnerable workers''."

In another report, Fairfax states that 
"Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten accused the opposition of backflipping on its conditional support for the bullying measures and said it showed the Coalition had been shedding ''crocodile tears'' over the plight of vulnerable workers."

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