January 08, 2014
Kura caned for abrupt sacking
A Wellington Maori immersion school has been ordered to put its principal back on its payroll while it awaits a substantive hearing on the employment relationship.
The Employment Relations Authority says the way Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna in Seatoun sacked Moarikura Sandria Anne Johnson in November was most likely unjustifiable.
A full hearing will be held later in the month.
Authority member Greg Wood says while the board had a lengthy list of concerns over Ms Johnson's performance, none of the alleged matters involved serious misconduct.
In dismissing Ms Johnson, the board ''appears to have ignored alternative methods of resolution provided for in the parties' collective employment agreement''.
Mr Wood says the letter of dismissal delivered to Ms Johnson by board co-chair Jason Ake included several matters which had not been raised with her, and which she did not have a chance to reply.
He says the problems between Ms Johnson, the staff and the board would necessarily result in irreconcilable conflict, and there are resources available internally and externally to revive the relationship.
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