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Canberra Institute of Technology pinged by WorkSafe over bullying

By johnboy - 12 April 2012 26

WorkSafe ACT has announced the publication of their report on bullying at CIT:

“The WorkSafe ACT investigation found that the CIT had breached its responsibilities under the Territory’s health and safety legislation,” said Mr McCabe.

“WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace.”

An Improvement Notice has been issued requiring the CIT to make a number of improvements to its systems and procedures regarding prevention and management of bullying and harassment of staff. The CIT has six months to comply with a number of specific requirements in the Notice designed to achieve this outcome.

So a consultancy vacancy coming up then.

UPDATE 13/04/12 09:55: Education Minister Chris Bourke is kicking bottom over this one:

“I have today met with Mr Mark McCabe, the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, and Mr Adrian Marron, the Chief Executive of CIT to discuss the report’s findings and the ACT Government’s decision to immediately act upon these findings.

“Under Section 6 of the Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987 I have directed Mr Marron to work with his senior staff and immediately address each of the 10 points noted in the Improvement Notice, and report directly to me.

“At the Government’s request the Head of Service has agreed to transfer an experienced officer from the Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate to assist CIT in addressing the issues raised. Ms Meg Brighton, Director of Continuous Improvement and Workers’ Compensation Branch will coordinate the implementation of the WorkSafe Improvement Notice.

“The ACT Government does not tolerate bullying and harassment in the workplace, and I will be ensuring that all the changes recommended by the WorkSafe Commissioner are implemented promptly,” Minister Bourke said.

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26 Responses to
Canberra Institute of Technology pinged by WorkSafe over bullying
DaveCa 5:39 pm 14 Apr 12

We live in strange times when a training organisation like CIT are not complying with workplace regulations whilst training our young (and not so young) people the skills they need for their employment opportunity. Are poor workplace health and safety attitudes issues that should never arise in education establishments?

LSWCHP 11:52 pm 13 Apr 12

imarty said :

Crazy Chester was right all along!!!

I’ve read her stuff. Crazy Chester was crazy all along. Still may be, although I couldn’t face going back to her website to find out.

The Dark 10:13 pm 13 Apr 12

MWF said :

The Dark said :

What the hell? Incidents where bullying has caused injury sufficient to necessitate workers comp payouts… Intense. As a current CIT student, I wish they had more details, like which campus or industry, anyone know more?

LMFAO.

Do you really think such information would be given to students?

However it should.

The “senior managers” in the report involved should be named and shamed. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.

I have heard on the grapevine that one of the senior managers involved in this inconvenience conveniently left the employ of said Institute a couple of weeks prior to this report becoming public.

Funnily enough, they did, the head of our department came and spoke with us today about it, not entirely conclusive, but enough, also filled us in on our options incase we were quizzed about it by members of the general public should we come in contact with curious/nosey people.

In the end, all I really care about is that it wasn’t anything to do with my classes or people relevant to them.

Erg0 3:25 pm 13 Apr 12

imarty said :

It would still suggest a certain culture exists in this organisation.

It’s definitely not a good look, but at best it gives very slight credence to CC’s claims, which went far, far beyond the policy and procedure issues identified in this particular report.

imarty 2:44 pm 13 Apr 12

It would still suggest a certain culture exists in this organisation.

Erg0 2:21 pm 13 Apr 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

imarty said :

Crazy Chester was right all along!!!

So it would seem. I think all the people who hassled Crazy Chester should make a full and unconditional apology.

She was a CIT student rather than a staff member, as I recall, and her claims appear to pre-date the scope of this report.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:53 pm 13 Apr 12

imarty said :

Crazy Chester was right all along!!!

So it would seem. I think all the people who hassled Crazy Chester should make a full and unconditional apology.

nyssa1976 1:47 pm 13 Apr 12

Maybe Minister Bourke needs to have the same lens applied to ACTETD…..just saying….

EvanJames 12:41 pm 13 Apr 12

imarty said :

Crazy Chester was right all along!!!

And she’s enjoying her workers comp as we type.

imarty 12:21 pm 13 Apr 12

Crazy Chester was right all along!!!

MWF 11:30 pm 12 Apr 12

The Dark said :

What the hell? Incidents where bullying has caused injury sufficient to necessitate workers comp payouts… Intense. As a current CIT student, I wish they had more details, like which campus or industry, anyone know more?

LMFAO.

Do you really think such information would be given to students?

However it should.

The “senior managers” in the report involved should be named and shamed. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.

I have heard on the grapevine that one of the senior managers involved in this inconvenience conveniently left the employ of said Institute a couple of weeks prior to this report becoming public.

LSWCHP 10:29 pm 12 Apr 12

Spykler said :

WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace.”
Name me one organisation that does. Massive fail for every organisation that I have worked for. The environment in my current job is the best I have ever encountered, staff have actively taken on bullies themselves- it works..

No crap of that nature allowed at my workplace. It has reared it’s head on a few occasions, and the consequences for the perps have not been good.

Spykler 9:33 pm 12 Apr 12

WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace.”
Name me one organisation that does. Massive fail for every organisation that I have worked for. The environment in my current job is the best I have ever encountered, staff have actively taken on bullies themselves- it works..

MWF 8:28 pm 12 Apr 12

HOORAY!

It’s about bloody time.

The Dark 7:53 pm 12 Apr 12

What the hell? Incidents where bullying has caused injury sufficient to necessitate workers comp payouts… Intense. As a current CIT student, I wish they had more details, like which campus or industry, anyone know more?

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