The Queensland Teachers Union ( QTU ) have known since at least July 2002 that Queensland classroom teachers are being bullied out of work.
How long are the QTU going to allow this situation to continue?
When will the QTU take some action to protect their members?
When will the Queensland Teachers Union launch a class action against the Queensland Government, for their failure to -
The Webmaster of Bad Apple Bullies sat down with the (then) Minister of Education - Anna Bligh on 23 June 2002 and told her that , when Queensland teachers were bullied, the Queensland Teachers Union's only advice was to "accept the things you cannot change" because-
What have the Queensland Teachers Union done about workplace bullying in Queensland schools since 23 June 2002?
They found that workplace bullying was 'rife' in schools in Queensland.
Survey boss Dan Riley of the University of New England described the results as "frightening"-
We didn't expect to find what we did - we have a problem - teachers are not happy and we believe this is very serious."
"Government schools are not very attentive to bullying."
"Claims made (by bullied teachers) often take a long time to be investigated or are ignored altogether," Dan Riley said.
Ask your Queensland Teachers Union organiser -
What have the QTU been doing about workplace bullying in Queensland schools since this research was released in November 2007?
Are fewer Queensland teachers being driven out of work in 2015?
Steve Ryan, QTU President, was quoted by the ABC on Saturday June 21, 2008 -
The Bad Apple Bullies Webmaster comments :
OK, Steve, if Education Queensland runs the risk of being sued for liability when it is in breach of its responsibilities under the Workplace Health and Safety Act, tell us how many of the 99.8% of Queensland teachers who reported that they had been bullied at school by fellow teachers, principals or parents were given QTU legal advice and support?
Let's have the figures.
Or are bullied teachers all just told that their case is "complex" and that the QTU does not feel sure that they are being bullied?
And how many of those 99.8% of Queensland teachers are being driven to breakdown and into ill health retirement?
Bullied Academics have published an interesting cartoon that explains the double-whammy way in which teacher and academic unions "let down bullied union members":
In their recent submission to Anna Bligh's Green Paper on Integrity, the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission ( CMC ) made several comments concerning Queensland public service unions.
The CMC said that some unions which have coverage over government employees do not generally have codes of conduct or other ethical frameworks which govern their actions or set standards for their behaviour or provide them with guidance when ethical dilemmas arise.
The CMC said that -
while the members of these unions are bound by the relevant agency Code of Conduct, paid officials of the unions are not.
And the CMC said that -
"it would be "advantageous to the relationship between these bodies and the government and its agencies that the unions should voluntarily develop ethical frameworks".
And that voluntary codes or ethical frameworks could provide useful assistance and guidelines for union organisers,
especially in dealing with grievances, disputes and disciplinary matters where the interests of one union member may be in conflict with the interests of another,
or with the interests of the majority of members in the workplace or in general.
And that -
the union's duty to support and protect a member accused of misconduct should not lead it to sacrifice the interests of other members affected by the alleged misconduct.
And that -
while support should certainly be provided to union members as a right -
partisan, energetic and vocal defence of members who are proven to be dishonest or unethical can severely damage the public perception of the ethical conduct of all members.
So, when you next speak to a Queensland Teachers' Union Organiser, you might want to ask them -