Brenda Pilott – One to watch

Another post from The Owl to follow on from the post Saturday about the PSA:

Over the weekend Brenda Pilott (PSA Secretary) tweeted:

So I thought I would do some research. Brenda Pilott is from the UK and was a Librarian before working for the PSA.

  •  She is a Director of Learning State Limited
  • She is a Board/Council Member of University of Victoria (Wellington)

Her position at University of Victoria comes about because the NZ Council of Trade Unions gets to appoint a member on the Board – I have checked the other Universities and they don’t seem to have the same seconded position on their Board.

Learning State Limited is a joint partnership company involving the Government/Ministry.

Her Director Fees were $12,000.00 (as per the annual report)

Her Fees from the University was $2,240.00 (as per the annual report)

Brenda Pilott only went to 7 of the 12 University meetings for the year (58%)  – the bottom of the attendees 2011 – In 2010 she only went to 9.

Owl’s Observation

The tweet doesn’t make sense – she is on two taxpayer funded organisations, picks up fees for her services and was appointed to the University by recommendation and not by vote.

How can people on one hand sit on Boards which are making extremely good bottom-lines and tweet that National is cutting costs all over the place. The PSA makes six figure profits and still increases their fees on the rank and file. I cannot see how a Unionist who represents strong political views (refer PSA website) can hold such positions as it looks like a major conflict of interest.

Normally I would not care but surely “tweeting” about your bosses just doesn’t make sense to me. I am sure there is some very strong employment LAW about this?

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