14 May 2012

Canberra Institute of Technology

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Many things are ‘rotten in the state of Denmark’ … I am desperately hoping that the CEO of CIT Adrian Marron will take on the recent media reports not as a threat but as an opportunity to cut out what’s rotten. And believe me, there is a lot of rot! CIT has allowed corruption and bullying to go on for years. Some of the main bullies have had ‘protected status’ and despite many complaints against them have been promoted. It makes you wonder whether being a bully is the way to get ahead in the public service. The recent report by the Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe confirms that this is the case:

In my recent discussions with senior staff (the very same ones who did nothing about past bullying) I said to them at least 3 times “Please for once, can’t CIT and you as their representatives do what is RIGHT and not what you can legally get away with?”. I was met with stoney silence.

The commissioners report names the section at CIT responsible for this kind of treatment. One of these staff members has retired, the other still sits in his ivory tower. They will probably just send him to a couple of courses and think that that will solve the inertia of years and the torment and despair of many good and honest staff.

The staff most at risk of bullying at CIT are casual staff which make up almost half of the workforce at CIT. The rights and protection of casual staff need urgently addressing by education unions. Despite the recent bad press unions have been getting I would encourage everyone to join a union … the workplace is likely to get nastier and not nicer. You have a better chance of some protection in a union.

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Next we will have a CIT choir singing ‘Save our world, change CIT, make it a better place for all to work’. Ha, I am of quite a negative mind today. I have filled out the Great Place to Work Employee Survey .. not that CIT need another survey to tell them how unhappy people are. Then again, as the survey is for CURRENT STAFF not the ones who have been used, abused, sacked, shafted and so on, seems they are fishing for positive feedback .. except from a few like me of course with one foot in and one out. More on my blog at http://loreseverasblog.blogspot.com.au/

I tried to take the online employee anti bully training too but the site would not open despite me changing the password several times – the bloody bully! Staff who have taken it tell me they found it ludicrous. It prompts you to come up with the correct answer so that everyone gets 100% on the test, then you get to print yourself out a nice little certificate. Well, that’ll fix the bullies at CIT good and proper!

On a more serious note, if some heads do not roll after all of the complaints are in and properly investigated (as is happening currently) I will never believe in truth justice and the Australian way ever again! I am definitely no believer in the CIT way at present … wonder if I will ever get to believe again?

Reports indicate that the numbers of CIT staff complaints after the Workplace Relations Commissioner Mark McCabe’s report came down now total 50 and grow daily.

There could not be a better time for past and present staff and students to report their experiences to one of the commissioners. Even if you do not need action, if you have moved on, think about those who are still suffering.

Telling your story will help to create a bigger picture for CIT so that the CEO will be under no illusion that the bullying and/or unprofessional behaviour has affected the lives and careers of many. CIT requires a total cultural change where the ‘insiders’ can no longer run the place like their own private kingdom using nepotism to employ family friends and those they are in a relationship with. Some management at CIT need reminding that the core business of CIT is PUBLIC education and not an opportunity for their own personal kingdom building. CIT is owned by the tax payer and the cronies are answerable to us all.

For complaints of unprofessional behaviour as a student or a staff member including sexual harassment write to the Commissioner for Public Administration Andrew Kefford: andrew.kefford@act.gov.au

For complaints of bullying and harassment that affected your safety/mental health as a staff member or student write to The Commissioner for Work Safety Mark McCabe: mark.mccabe@act.gov.au.

The CEO of CIT is Adrian Marron: adrian.marron@cit.act.edu.au

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