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, March 24, 2014
In 2012 the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) determined that my psychological injury was permanent and caused entirely by the bullying and workplace harassment I had experienced from the University of XXXXXXX. I was awarded compensation. Days latter the University of XXXXXXX released a statement to the XXXXXXX Herald, denying that it was liable for my injury. My experience is that the University of XXXXXXX can do or say anything it wants. In my case I observed the University of XXXXXX provide knowingly incorrect and often contradictory information to different legal jurisdictions (NSW Police, Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) and Workers Compensation Commission (WCC)), the Australian Human Rights Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, Employer Choice of Women Committee, medical practitioners, and the press. I have also observed how senior management protects select individuals in the organization by not only failing to follow policy and by corruption of policy process, but also through the use of University funded legal assistance." (emphasis added).(Parliamentary Workplace Bullying Inquiry - Website)