Maybe he could work for the Maritime Union

This guy could have a job for life working with the Maritime Union, he seems perfectly qualified:

A meat inspector who called colleagues at his Ashburton workplace “fat-arsed bitches” has been awarded almost $13,000 for “distress” arising from his dismissal.

Stephen Thomas, who had been an inspector on and off since 1975, was fired by AsureQuality in 2010 after walking off the job following a disagreement with collegues.

He went to the Employment Relations Authority seeking reinstatement, compensation and lost wages, but in a ruling released today, member Philip Cheyne refused because Mr Thomas had contributed to his sacking.

However he awarded him $12,800 for the “proven effects of the dismissal” which included “significant distress” arising from rumours about why he was sacked.

Mr Thomas suffered weight loss and poor appetite, sleep, motivation and concentration after his dismissal.

At the time of his sacking he was on a written warning after colleagues complained about his conduct.

One objected to him referring to workmates as “fat-arsed bitches” and another complained of verbal harassment.

The authority heard two other meat inspectors said Mr Thomas was “manipulative, overbearing, patronising and intimidating” and the work environment was much better after he was sacked.

Mr Cheyne said there was “animosity towards Mr Thomas from nearly half of his work colleagues” and “vehement” opposition to him returning to work.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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