El­iz­a­beth Re pe­nalised on bul­ly­ing charges

Stirling Times - - News - Kate Leaver

STIR­LING coun­cil­lors have de­cided to im­pose a set of harsh penal­ties on Coun­cil­lor El­iz­a­beth Re (pic­tured be­low) af­ter she was ac­cused of bul­ly­ing staff. Coun­cil­lor Re has flatly de­nied the charges. A WorkSafe im­prove­ment no­tice is­sued on April 12 was pro­vided to the Stir­ling Times and re­vealed em­ploy­ees were ex­posed to be­hav­iours such as yelling, ag­gres­sive lan­guage and ges­tures, swear­ing, as well as in­ap­pro­pri­ate and ex­ces­sive emails from a coun­cil­lor.

The City’s lawyer, Neil Dou­glas from McLeods Lawyers, con­firmed last week that the WorkSafe im­prove­ment no­tice re­ferred to Cr Re.

Mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano moved the mo­tion to ex­clude Cr Re from all City func­tions, at­tend­ing fo­rums and can­celling her elec­tronic se­cu­rity pass to en­ter the coun­cil build­ing.

Cr Ital­iano said the City could face a fine of up to $500,000 if it did not com­ply with the WorkSafe no­tice. “This is no triv­ial mat­ter; it is se­ri­ous and as such Coun­cil have acted ac­cord­ingly on this,” he said.

“With the sever­ity of penal­ties that could be im­posed for non-com­pli­ance, Coun­cil have had no op­tion but to act on this no­tice.”

Cr Re de­nied the bul­ly­ing al­le­ga­tions to the Stir­ling Times last week.

“I think it is a witch hunt against me, be­cause I’ll stand up and sup­port the peo­ple be­cause I be­lieve in the peo­ple,” she said.

“The WorkSafe no­tice doesn’t say who it is, we didn’t know any­thing about it un­til the last minute and the City of Stir­ling have had it for over a month.

“I haven’t bul­lied any­one; it is mak­ing me feel in­tim­i­dated go­ing to a meet­ing there.”

Coun­cil­lors moved the mo­tions be­hind closed doors last week. Cr Re and Cr Terry Tyzack were ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Stir­ling chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Jar­dine will no­tify the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter of coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil will also with­draw all coun­cil priv­i­leges other than those pre­scribed by law from Cr Re.

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