Follow the procedure, even if your employee is an arse

It is important to follow the procedure in employment law. If you don’t then you cop a flogging from the ERA who are likely to side with the employee no matter how much of a cock they have been:

Ever wanted to tell the boss to stick the job where the sun don’t shine? A Hutt Valley bus driver did and has been awarded $10,000 after her hasty sacking.

Cazna Waaka, 44, of Taita, learned on an early shift in January that a cousin had died in her native King Country, and she planned to ask her Valley Flyer bosses for time off to attend the tangi.

When she got to the Waterloo depot, she had her two children, aged 5 and 11, on the bus with her. Regional operations manager Lori Bradley noticed the children and asked why they were unattended on the bus with the engine running.

Ms Waaka, a driver with 13 years experience, responded: “Well, who else is supposed to look after my children then, eh?”

She then became frustrated that Ms Bradley was not listening to her, Employment Relations Authority member Michele Ryan said.

Ms Waaka said Ms Bradley told her to “go home now”, to which Ms Waaka responded: “Fine then, I will, you’re a f…ing bitch anyway.”

The authority heard that Ms Bradley responded by walking back towards Ms Waaka and said: “I would watch what you say to me if you want to keep your job.”

Ms Waaka said she then told Ms Bradley: “You can stick your job up your f…ing arse.”

Ms Bradley told the authority she felt intimidated by Ms Waaka and described her behaviour as “vicious”.

Valley Flyer further told the authority Ms Waaka had repudiated her employment agreement as her behaviour constituted “gross insubordination”.

However, Ms Ryan found Valley Flyer had not complied with its own agreed disciplinary process. She ordered it to pay Ms Waaka $6000 for that failure and a further $4000 for unjustified dismissal.

That is an outrageous award for a rude, insubordinate cow. Nevertheless is the bus company had followed the procedure then she would have got nothing….which is way more than she deserves.


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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.

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