A worker for Dunedin mental health provider Pact did not have
a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal, the
Employment Relations Authority has found.
Gavin Drew was employed as Pact's grounds and maintenance
supervisor. He was dismissed for serious misconduct for
dishonestly taking wood from his employer in 2011, an
allegation Mr Drew disputed.
Authority member Christine Hickey said Mr Drew admitted
taking two lots of firewood for his own use, but contended
supervisor Ferdi Koen had given him permission, and was going
to get back to him with a price. Mr Koen maintained he
permitted Mr Drew to take a few bits of wood, and had not
entered discussions with him about buying any.
Ms Hickey said while she accepted Mr Drew genuinely believed
he was entitled to the wood, Pact was entitled to dismiss
him, given the circumstances.
The matter of costs were reserved and the parties were
encouraged to reach agreement.