Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Kafka-esque"?? "Deep behind the iron curtain"?? Is that where the University of Newcastle is?

A recent article in The Conversation starts like this...

"Imagine being dismissed from your job without being told of the reasons why and without being provided with any evidence of wrongdoing. This Kafka-esque scenario feels like a tale from decades ago and deep behind the iron curtain – but it is happening in Britain, right now. In fact, it is happening more and more."

Why is the writer surprised?  It has happened (and probably still does) at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Relating to such cases in Britain, The Conversation says that this raises

"issues of principles of fundamental concerns such as the right to a fair hearing provided under the European Convention of Human Rights, and equal treatment directives under EU law.  Numerous legal challenges have been raised."

Meanwhile back in Australia and especially Newcastle, "Unlike most similar liberal democracies, Australia has no Bill of Rights to protect human rights" (AHRC).  

Those of us who have lost our jobs at the University of Newcastle and have never been provided with reasons have no recourse to a Bill of Rights.  Recourse to the University's extensive library of policies is no help either - as long as the policy exists, no action needs to be taken.

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