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)

Monday, September 9, 2013


The Canberra Times has reiterated our long-held belief that "workplace bullying needs to be addressed at the organisational level"

The Canberrat Times goes on to say

" Research indicates that workplace bullying has a more negative effect on employees than sexual harassment, perhaps because there are more procedures in place for dealing with sexual harassment. To be honest, the problem is really a cultural one. The workplace culture must reject bullying, as there is little the individual worker can do. Successful programs aimed at reducing playground bullying focus on the school environment. Likewise, workplace bullying needs to be addressed at the organisational level." (emphasis added).

Bill Eddy, the author of the article, concludes that bullying is

"■ A problem of long duration that won't just go away.
■ It is a deep and serious problem, rather than a minor problem.
■ It is a problem that must be solved at the community level, rather than putting the burden on the individual target."

This is why we have tried and continue to try to get the management of the University of Newcastle to take action against the culture of harassment, bullying and ostracism that exists within the University.  Silencing bullied individuals one-by-one will not solve the endemic nature of the bullying culture at the University.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know how people like Caroline McMillan can sleep at night knowing what is going on at the University and still do nothing. She collects a huge wage and simply doesn't care that people are being permanently disadvantaged by the current regime.

    You see, she has never been put through what we have. If she had maybe some of that loose change would get spent on making a difference.