University in the firing line again

Lecturer’s redundancy ‘unjustified’ – ERA – 29 Apr 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

Auckland University and their employment practices are again in the firing line from the Employment Relations Authority this time for sacking a lecturer who specialises in Maori and Pacific Island art history.

The authority ruled that Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon had failed to act in good faith towards lecturer Dr Rangihiroa Panoho when dismissing him on the basis of redundancy.

It ruled the redundancy was not justified and pointed out the university was in Auckland – the largest Polynesian city in the world.

The authority’s decision also said that Professor McCutcheon failed to act as a good employer and that Dr Panoho was treated neither fairly nor sensitively.

Worse the authority concluded that the witnesses for the Vice-Chancellor were “unhelpful, if not deliberately vague” recalling important matters.

This is the second time in as many months that the University has been slammed by the ERA.

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