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, May 30, 2014
Wasting taxpayers' money
This included the cost of Human Resources personnel, internal legal staff and employing external lawyers.
One university (Cranfield University) paid out the largest total amount over the four years: £1.44 million.
We know that the University of Newcastle has a large internal legal unit to deal with employee disputes. We also know that the University employs barristers, external lawyers and "independent" investigators to defend the university against disputes including complaints about bullying and gagging/silencing clauses. There is also the cost of additional Human Resources staff, a complaints department and numerous marketing and public relations staff to promote the various anti-bullying programs that the University rolls out.
How much public money has the University of Newcastle spent in defending its staff at all costs against claims?