Bullying and sexism at Airservices Australia’s air traffic control company are so severe that it threatens the psychological safety of workers, a damning new report has been found.
A report by former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick found Airservices Australia has a different area that requires “immediate action and reform”.
“The level of intimidation, in particular, and sexual harassment is unacceptable. They need to be addressed as an urgent matter, “the report wrote.
“Likewise urgent action is needed to address very low reporting rates, especially those related to sexual harassment. There is clearly a work environment where people do not feel safe to talk or to call behavior that is not inclusive. “
convey similar findings. & nbsp;“data-reactid =” 27 “> Broderick’s report came after another report on culture at Airservices Australia by former Honorable Federal Court Judge Anthony North QC. The report, commissioned by the union, convey similar findings.
The report said Airservices had a “psychologically insecure culture”.
And, Lawyer Maurice Blackburn, who represents the union, said the culture could even pose a “serious risk” to passenger safety.
Employee testimony included in the report described it as a “boy’s club” and “a culture supported by fear … where intimidation was normalized”.
The report calls for the formation of a Cultural Reform Council with the aim of encouraging cultural change throughout the organization.
“This finding provides an opportunity for Airservices to improve its culture to create an organization where all employees can grow and develop,” Broderick said.
“While a number of citations and survey data are of concern, these recommendations provide a strong foundation for leaders and employees to strengthen the culture and capabilities of the organization.”
However, Civil Air trade union executive secretary Peter McGuane said there was still much to be done.
“Members feel disappointed. The current management team has repeatedly made commitments to resolve the problem and there is a real risk that the new ‘action plan’ for addressing recommendations may be little more than other empty commitments to change, “McGuane said.
“To deal effectively with damaged culture, senior management must take responsibility. It is very important that the composition of senior management changes. “
In a statement, Airservices Australia said it would implement the report’s recommendations “in full”.
“Aviation services have no tolerance for all forms of intimidation and harassment at work. Our staff are required to strictly adhere to the organization’s Code of Ethics, which explicitly prohibits all forms of intimidation and harassment, “said CEO Jason Harfield.
“Violation of the Code of Conduct results in disciplinary action, including dismissal. I encourage anyone who experiences this kind of behavior to report it immediately. “
Chairman John Weber added that the report identified problems with culture that needed “immediate attention”.
“The Board is committed to leading cultural change at Airservices. By implementing the report’s recommendations, Airservices will build a stronger, more respectable and more diverse organization, better able to face the challenges before us.
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