BADMC boss sent packing for 'gross miscounduct'
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) of the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), Shawn Tudor, has been given his walking papers.
It is understood that Tudor, the brother of defeated Democratic Labour Party candidate Kim Tudor, was informed on November 21 that his contract with the BADMC was terminated with immediate effect. His sacking comes mere weeks after Tudor expressed his shock to the media that more than a quarter of the workers at the corporation had been laid off. He also claimed his signature was attached to more than 60 letters of retrenchment for workers without his knowledge or say-so. In the termination letter dated November 20 and signed by board chairman and former Government minister Anthony Wood, a copy of which was obtained by the Barbados Nation, it charged that Tudor had committed four acts of “gross/major misconduct” in breach of the corporation’s policies and procedures manual (please see list at right).
Giving what was described as a “basis for belief that the said acts of misconduct were committed by you”, Wood reminded Tudor that on Tuesday, November 13, he was issued with a letter of precautionary suspension in which the allegations against him were detailed. He also noted that Tudor was given an opportunity to state his case in writing and in answer to the allegations. “By your letter of November 19, 2018, to the chairman of the board, you failed and/or refused to articulate any case in relation thereto. In the circumstances, the board is of the view on the basis of the contents herein before set out, that you have committed the acts of misconduct alleged, and pursuant to the provisions of the manual which incorporates the modified disciplinary procedure prescribed as Part C of the fourth schedule of the Employment Rights Act, hereby terminate your employment with the corporation with immediate effect,” the letter read. Tudor had sent the human resources manager Elaine Bourne on “immediate precautionary suspension” on 11 charges coming out of the BADMC retrenchment process. These included: • falsely representing to 60 persons that the CEO, under instructions from the board of management, had terminated their contract of employment with the BADMC; • falsely representing to 60 persons that the CEO had prior knowledge of the contents of their letters of dismissal; • falsely signing “for chief executive officer” on 60 letters, knowing the same to be unauthorised; and • falsely representing to the National Union of Public Workers that the CEO had received instructions from the board. Minister of Agriculture Indar Weir was contacted yesterday amid reports of Tudor’s suspension. “You would need to speak to the chairman of the BADMC,” he told the Barbados Nation. “So as minister, are you not aware of this issue?” he was further asked. “I am the minister and I am directing you to whom you should speak,” Weir said. ( SDB Media/mb)
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