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, July 24, 2013

Workplace bullying a factor in suicide

"Gavin was a doer and continually made a difference with students.
"At home was a man of integrity with standards and expectations.
"Bad manners were never acceptable.
"He would often say what goes around comes around.
"That philosophy reflects how he lived his life.
"Gavin treated others how he liked to be treated. "

This is how Andrea Malfliet describes her partner, Gavin Woods.  He was a deputy principal in Queensland.  She believes workplace bullying at two Queensland schools was a significant reason her partner took his life.

Wamuran's Andrea Mafliet, guidance officer at Woodford, with a photo of her partner Gavin Woods, who was deputy principal at Burpengary State School. He is the subject of an inquest after committing suicide. Bullying is believed to be involved. The photo was taken on one of their happier days. Taken outside Brisbane Magistrates Court.

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