New report shows workplace bullying a major issue at University of New South Wales
A new report by the NTEU branch at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) reveals that workplace bullying is a major problem at the institution.
NTEU's UNSW Branch initiated a survey on workplace bullying late last year. The results have now been compiled and the full report can be found on our Branch website at: http://www.nteu.org.au/unsw/campaigns/bullying
The report shows:
- There were 552 respondents to the survey. The vast majority of them had experienced or witnessed bullying behaviours.
- Many staff fear speaking up about being bullied, are demoralised and would like to leave UNSW.
- Staff on fixed-term contracts are particularly vulnerable to bullying, especially those who do teaching work while completing higher degrees.
- Some line managers were reported as exhibiting highly prejudicial behaviours and attitudes that are breaches of criminal, industrial, OHS and anti-discrimination legislation.
- Bullies might use performance management processes to deflect employee complaints about their behaviour.
- 66.2% of respondents were women and 70% of respondents report the bullying is ongoing.
These survey results clearly show that bullying is a serious problem at UNSW. The Branch will be sending the report to university management and will be seeking to get from them a commitment to engage in serious discussions about constructive and effective ways to tackle bullying in our workplace.
UNSW Branch members will also be campaigning around this issue until they get change.