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, June 30, 2014

Lots of noise about not tolerating workplace bullying

"While all universities make a great deal of noise about their intolerance of work place bullying, in the final analysis, there is little in the way of protection when academic staff are on the toe of the management boot. The dictatorial approach has made it all but impossible to hold a dissenting opinion and universities are much the poorer because of this."
Australian Universities: A portrait of decline:  Donald Meyers (2012)

1 comment:

  1. Exactly. Universities used to value independent thought and tolerance. What we now have is a giant TAFE with prison guards.

    The faculty I was ejected from is so dysfunctional and amoral it doesn't surprise me that it is a complete failure.

    Technology is important but it keeps changing. The one aspect that doesn't are humans themselves. Perhaps a university whose industry is human life should make that a priority.

    I am lucky to have escaped UoN with my life. The upcoming ICAC inquiry into the University of Newcastle will reveal many sordid facts. It is one of the recommendations that the current management be publicly named and stripped of their titles.