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By Tim33 29 December 2013 21

So my dream has come true to try out a career in the Public sector,  I have gotten a temp job in an office for a local department and have been enthusiastically trying my hardest for the last month.  It is quite a career change from the Building industry to Administration.

So unfortunately I have come into a situation where there is a restructure occurring and some of the full timers aren’t guaranteed a position come February.  So naturally I am looked upon with suspicion,  that I am there to take jobs.  In reality I am there to help with the overflow of work that hasn’t been getting done and am only on a 12 month contract.

So two of my colleagues that haven’t been guaranteed a position are very jaded, unprofessional and negative about the whole thing and unfortunately one of them was responsible for my training.  To which this person will not train me because they believe I will take their job.  I need the training to do my job and work on clearing the overflow.  The training is in the use of a custom live computer system specifically for this office.  I have spoken to the supervisor and they were very neutral/dismissive and sort of told me to do a very non-specific task just so I can keep busy (which I have been doing,  which is contrary to my duty statement – and is a complete time waster and come 12 months I would have achieved nothing).  I wonder if my supervisor is under the axe too or if he just doesn’t want to ruffle the feathers of my very vocal trainer who appears to be the non official union rep for this small office.

So I have been doing my time filler task enthusiastically although it is a waste of time and keeping my head down.  The overflow of work that needs doing is not getting done.  The problem is I have been copping a fair bit of harassment and bullying from the two aforementioned colleagues.  As I am new and a temp all I can do is smile and take it on the chin repetitively and the situation is almost unbearable.  They have made it a horrible place to work and it is having an effect on my personal life now.  The office is fairly small and my other colleagues are friendly enough but stay out of it and don’t come to my aid or even give me work or training (I have overheard it is because the person responsible for my training has told them not to help me at all and because this person is senior they don’t mess with them)

I should mention that the two colleagues that harass me are related.  I would of thought that would be a conflict of interest and contrary to the ACT PS Code of conduct just having them in the same office in a power group but anyways.

I have been secretly writing down and documenting everything that is happening but the volume of bullying and harassment is pretty thick so I miss some things on occasion.  I was going to walk away from it all but I don’t want to blow my first opportunity at something I have been working at getting for about a year including taking a Certificate 3 course so I could pursue this career change.

I am after some advice from fellow Rioters who may have experience working for local government and knowledge in dealing with these kinds of situations.  Can anyone please advise on how I should act and how to proceed?  It would be much appreciated.

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Tim33 11:45 pm 02 Jan 14

Oh man that spelling is atrocious better fix it before I get flamed:

‘ The fact that I am there to do a job (or try my best TO). I suppose it isn’t like THEY’RE withholding money, I am still getting paid. ‘

Wow no excuse for that.

Anyways I thank everyone for the advice. I really needed it. Cheers.

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