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, July 18, 2013

"Bully boss"

Last night, the TV program "Today Tonight" aired this video about bullying in the workplace. 

The employees stood together against their boss and he "was charged by Victoria's WorkSafe for failing to provide employees with a safe working environment. He has appealed the conviction."

One of his employees said that

 "It's affected my life for the last six years and it still affects my life. I can't hold a job and I haven't stopped being depressed."

Many of us who have been bullied at the University of Newcastle have suffered from similar psychological and physical effects.  This is made worse by the fact that those that bullied us are rewarded and promoted.

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