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)

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Coalition and workplace bullying

According to Clayton Utz,

The Coalition's policy "retains the framework of the existing Fair Work Act, which it said has "many positive aspects", and amends it rather than starting again from scratch. In the vast majority of cases, employers need not take any immediate action. Any change will not be passed until much later this year at the earliest."

Regarding workplace bullying,

"Workplace bullying laws to be retained, but slightly amended
The Coalition supports and will retain the amendments made by the previous Government to the Fair Work Act to include workplace bullying.

They have, however, foreshadowed two amendments:
  • workers making an application to the Fair Work Commission in respect of workplace bullying will need to show they have first sought help from an independent regulatory agency such as a state work health and safety body; and
  • the scope of the workplace bullying provisions will be expanded to include the conduct of union officials towards workers and employers."

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