Very very disturbing news coming down the grapevine with regards to a couple of whistleblower teachers. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing so we put together a simple comparative study to highlight the utter absurdity of the current situation.
We think the emperor has no clothes but again we leave it up to you to decide and discuss with your work colleagues, your local newspapers, your politicians and the new NT Education Dept CE.
Senior Personnel: Person A, Person B, Person C, Person D, Person E
Junior Personnel: staff member 1, staff member 2 (both government whistleblowers)
According to documents seen by Cardfightback and various newspaper articles:
Person A: (Principal): admits to threatening to kill, spear, hang from the trees and burn down the house of her school Union Rep: staff member 1 (who became a government whistleblower after NT DECS did nothing) – he assisted numerous staff in initiating complaints about her abusing her position over many years to coerce money from staff (and other separate alleged discriminatory actions), she was stood down and suspended for 6 months by NT DECS under investigation, formally disciplined in writing, paid fines for 2 police infringement notices related to those threats, restrictions placed on her teacher registration after a formal NT TRB investigation, many staff left the school because of her behaviour resulting in the community’s children’s education suffering due to high teacher turnover, brings NT DECS and the whole NT Public Service into gross disrepute: GARY BARNES ALLOWS HER TO KEEP HER JOB.
*side note: The NT Education Union “gave assistance” to this principal to fight the Education Union Rep at the school who she admitted to threatening to kill…..yes you read that right….more on this one later.
Person B: (Director of School Performance and boss of Person A): undermines NT DECS’ own investigators’ decision to return stolen non-contact time from staff members 1 & 2 by demanding that only half the amount be returned instead, initially attempts to cover up those threats by not telling HR or the Police as soon as he finds out about them, later colludes with another principal to withhold a work reference from staff member 1 so that he can’t get employment elsewhere, inquires about getting a gun licence to deal with staff member 1 – Ed: see previous posts below on this blog – calls staff member 1’s mental health into serious question on 2 separate occasions – ironically someone actually qualified to make those judgements, a top NT psychiatrist, had already reported that staff member 1 was ideally suited for working in remote community schools and was an intelligent and unique individual, threatens to get his revenge on staff member 1, jokes about staff member 1’s increasing legal bills incurred while fighting perceived NT DECS corruption, Karma then forces him to pay an out of court settlement for writing those highly unprofessional, inappropriate and potentially defamatory emails about staff member 1, accuses staff member 2 (also a government whistleblower) of “lacking loyalty towards NT DECS” for supporting staff member 1 and tries to have staff member 2 put staff member 1 on a bogus ‘performance improvement plan’ (he refuses) – as retaliation for that refusal he then attempts to put staff member 2 on a secret inability procedure (officially called ‘fitness to teach’ proceedings) behind his back and without his knowledge, helps to ruin the career of both staff members 1& 2 while degrading the reputation of the hard working and honest people working for the NT Education Dept, brings NT DECS and the NT Public Service into serious disrepute: GARY BARNES ALLOWS HIM TO KEEP HIS JOB.
Person C: (Principal): later in a different school – conspires with her boss Person B and his boss Executive Director Person D to exaggerate fake performance management issues against staff member 1, is cautioned by Person D several times for her “inappropriate use of email” prior to her emails regarding staff member 1 in which she calls him a “trained tattooed monkey” when writing his reference, calls him “a varmitt (vermin) problem”, encourages her boss Person B to “sharpen his claws more” in order to get his revenge against staff member 1, Karma steps in again and forces her to also pay an out of court settlement for her role yet again in writing highly unprofessional, inappropriate and potentially defamatory emails, this time about staff member 1 (all the time telling him to his face: “how terrible it must have been for him to have gone through such things in the recent past” – Ed: you can take the knives out of your back now): GARY BARNES ALLOWS HER TO KEEP HER JOB.
Staff member 1: (experienced remote school classroom teacher of 8 years) After 4+ years of putting up with the emotional and mental abuse, lies told about him and multiple malicious and cowardly attacks on his reputation, staff member 1 writes an email to people who he believes have a history of trying to poison his career asking them to stop, files 2 formal grievances (1 against Person B for his ‘alleged’ long running and sickening attempts to disrupt staff member 1’s working life and destroy his personal and professional reputation) after being informed that that was the correct way to exercise his workplace right to complain about treatment in employment in NT DECS, refuses to accept then being called “vexatious” by Person E for filing that grievance – Person E was caught previously intimating to a school he was about to work at that staff member 1 had “performance issues” (without evidence of course) and “a cloud hanging over him” and then she secretly phoned the NT Australian Education Union President to “discuss staff member 1’s so-called mental health issues and bad attitude” as she labelled them and tried to persuade the President to convince staff member 1 to shut up and stop complaining about this constant barrage of workplace bullying, harassment, dangerous gossip and intimidation that he has had to endure since becoming a government whistleblower, staff member 1 dares to have a different opinion to some of those in power, says: “I don’t trust some senior officers to be fair” – Ed: we wonder where he got that idea from ?! – receives a glowing reference from his principal who desperately wants him to stay and continue his hard work at the remote school, is supported by all the staff and students: Gary Barnes visits staff member 1 at that remote school, shakes his hand, wishes him well and congratulates him for doing a good job in doubling classroom attendance in his first 2 months (all captured on a digital recorder), then 3 months later labels staff member 1 “unsuitable for further employment in NT DECS” at the same time reassuring him that his teaching performance is fine….but GARY BARNES THEN TELLS HIM HE HAS LOST HIS JOB and waits until he is on his Christmas Break overseas before telling him. Nice touch Mr Barnes.
All of the above are ‘suitable for further employment in NT DECS’, except, according to Gary Barnes, staff member 1 who complains that he’s been targeted for special treatment by a multitude of senior NT DECS personnel and that very little is ever done to discipline them appropriately – “counselling” them is considered rather weak by most people’s standards.
Is this the standard of senior officer that we want here in the NT? Is it fair? Do you trust these people? Ed: A big cup of DOUBLE STANDARDS anyone? Comments please: Let rip.
*And no, we won’t label you ‘unsuitable for further comment on CFB’ if you happen to have a different opinion to us. This is not China, it’s Australia, supposedly. We’re not that arrogant.