Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CASUAL TEACHERS MORE LIKELY TARGETS OF BULLIES

Top wolf gets first pick ...
Comment reposted from Canberra Times October 03, 2012, 3:49PM.


As a CIT teacher from 1999 till 2009, it is clear that a lot of CIT's bullying problems
 going back at least to the late 1990s have been closely connected with broader problems of maladministration, dishonesty, non-compliance with laws generally, and staggering internal and external auditing failures and ministerial oversight failures in relation to recruitment, employment and mandatory qualifications checking practices, such that significant numbers of people within CIT have been given power over others they simply haven't been legally entitled to because they've lacked mandatory qualifications, including the power to bully and otherwise disadvantage staff and students, and in some cases bully people into extended absenteeism and even unemployment, in worst cases operating as savage wolf packs in mobbing efforts.

Nepotism and cronyism have been utterly huge problems at CIT going back many years. There's been numerous people appointed and promoted within CIT both permanently and on a temporary basis into teaching and leadership positions they haven't even been eligible for in view of the interlocking mandatory qualifications requirements of (1) the ACT Public Sector Management Act and Standards and (2) the Commonwealth and Ministerial Council based Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). People have been given excessive higher duties stints for over a year and sometimes years without even an expression of interest process, whereas laws have demanded full and transparent competitive merit processes within three months or certainly within six months. 

And when some at CIT have illegally won out, others have lost out more or less equally illegally in a zero sum sense. CIT has also had an excessive over-reliance upon casual and temporary contract employees who have been especially vulnerable at the hands of bullies, significantly in breach of clear cut laws and the ACT Government's supposed commitment to permanent and secure employment.

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