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)
Friday, August 30, 2013
Direct quote from The Australian.(emphasis added).
Monday, August 26, 2013
As Nye states in Huffpost-Lifestyle UK
"If it looks like a dog, if it barks like a dog, and if overall it behaves like a dog, then it is most likely to be a dog. In the case of PTSD caused by bullying and abuse at work, this is a particularly black dog."
In recent research, people who had been bullied have been found to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The researcher went further, stating that
'Traumatic experiences or strains imposed on us by others can often hurt more than accidents.' (emphasis added).
This relates to the finding that bullying has a more significant effect on victims than sexual abuse.
Furthermore, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have issued a policy statement recognising bullying as a serious medical and public health issue.
The results of our survey indicate that a considerably number of staff/students currently or previously at the University of Newcastle are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
"As an Employer of Choice for Women since 2009, we will continue to address challenges facing women as they build their careers. I am pleased to see our representation of women across the organisation is a healthy 60.8 per cent".
In contrast, a recently published journal paper by Suzanne Ryan and Bert Groen (University of Newcastle) and two other academics has investigated the casualisation of university teaching ("Casual academic staff in an Australian University: Marginalised and Excluded").. The university is not named but considering the lead author is from the University of Newcastle, it is assumed that the study was conducted there.
They noted that
"Casual academics are estimated to carry 50% of the teaching load in universities, including up to 80% of the first-year teaching load"
"the majority of sessional respondents to be female, middle-aged, with a postgraduate degree and approximately five years’ academic experience".
"the issue of greatest concern to survey respondents was the discontinuity of employment arising from the uncertainty of teaching allocations that adversely affected their ability to plan finances and other aspects of their lives " viz.
- Discontinuity of employment
- Insufficient notice of teaching allocation
- Impact of income uncertainty on financial planning
- Employment risks in refusing demands seen as unreasonable
- Impact of variable hours on family life
One head of school spoke of the "inequitable treatment of casuals demonstrates awareness of the problem: “Yes, they are treated like slave labour."'
This journal paper reports that casual/sessional academics are invisible
- "The feeling of invisibility is common among ses- sionals as they are generally excluded from mainstream school activities and com- plain of being ignored by their course coordinators".
- "the invisibility of casual academic work and the nature of teaching result in underpaid and unpaid work".
Monday, August 19, 2013
Shortly thereafter, this video was blocked from view in Australia following legal action by the University of Newcastle. This is part of the University's silencing tactics which include gagging of bullied employees, removal of posters, security stopping posters being put up, etc.
Now, suddenly, the clip can be viewed again in Australia!
Does the University know?
Google continues to monitor this website everyday - who is paying them to do this?
Recently, all the university's policies and procedures relating to bullying, harassment, intimidation, complaints, etc are now collected together on a web page entitle "Stop Bullying". The uni is using the following on their website:
- “workplace bullying at UoN”
- “anyone can stop bullying at UoN”
- “workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle”
- "reporting bullying at the University of Newcastle”
- “victim of bullying at UoN”
- “stop bulling with UoN"
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Some are immediately obliterated - Sue Beach (Head of Legal Unit), Professor Sue Gould, Ian Pike (Human Resources), amongst others.
Some "leave" the University but still continue to be part of the University - Professor John Carter (Engineering), Professor Tony Williams who "moved" to Avondale College, and others.
Obliteration, vaporisation, reincarnation?.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
At that time, senior staff leaving the university included
- Professor Mike Calford
- Professor McConkey
- Mary Sharp (IT chief)
- Professor Stephen Crump
- Professor John Carter
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
David Yamada, on his website, has reminded us about George Orwell's notion of "unpersons". These are people whose "past existence is expunged from the public record and memory,". Orwell spoke about this practice used by modern repressive governments.
In Orwell's famous book, 1984, no-one knew where these unpersons went to - they just disappeared. Real people could easily be made to just disappear.
"Today, with websites often serving as the public face of an organization, the creation of unpersons and the emptying of institutional memory is as easy as editing a web page. Entire biographies and histories can be deleted in a few keystrokes. One day, all links lead to your page; the next, you don’t even exist (at least virtually)! "
This is how it feels to be "disappeared", "eliminated", "negated", "annihilated", "liquidated" or "vaporized".
Is it easier for those who bullied us at the University of Newcastle if we disappear? Is it easier for them if we can be erased and forgotten by using ostracism, gagging clauses, silencing of our videos and website, etc?