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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Petition - Injured Workers' Support Network

The Injured Workers' Support Network has started a petition which you may want to sign.

"For the past year Injured Workers have been pushing for an inquiry into the impact the workers compensation system is having on them and their families. We need your help to make this a reality in 2016.

We are asking you to sign our petition: https://www.change.org/p/nsw-upper-house-members-it-s-time-for-an-inquiry-into-the-real-impact-on-injured-workers demanding a NSW Upper House inquiry.

Workplace injuries continue to rise in NSW with an unfortunately constant average of 120’000 per year being injured while working. The impact of these injuries is deeply felt by the worker, their family and their community. The stress and strain placed on them by the current workers compensation system is enormous.

Injured Workers in NSW are suffering and its time an inquiry was held to find out why they are suffering, to find the true impact of these laws without the rhetoric.

The trap doors placed there by this government are active - doctors can’t deliver support until an insurer says so. Workers are being fired after six months whether they have returned or not. Regional injured workers are being kicked off whether there is any hope for a job within their community.
Injured worker's health is in the hands of the insurance companies who, just as in Victoria, are receiving bonuses to kick people out of care as soon as possible, whether they are recovered or not.
Insurers reign supreme and the health and well-being of the injured worker and their families takes second place to private company bureaucracy.

Our members are ready to tell their stories to an inquiry. They want to tell the truth about  how this system is failing them in NSW. Our members just want to know when they can tell their stories.
Help us show the NSW parliament that injured workers need more than just lip service. They need and deserve to have their stories told and force this workers comp system to place its focus back on the injured worker where it belongs.

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