BADMC boss sent pack­ing for 'gross mis­coun­duct'

UK Barbados Nation - - FRONT PAGE - by KIM­BER­LEY CUM­MINS

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).

‘Failed’

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)

(FP) (Pic­ture by Nigel Browne.)

IT WAS the type of scene busi­ness peo­ple, big and small, rel­ish.Thou­sands of cruise vis­i­tors ar­rived in Bar­ba­dos when five cruise ships docked at the Bridgetown Port. It was a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity.Some of the vis­i­tors took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the is­land’s pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, while oth­ers strolled through the cap­i­tal check­ing out what was on of­fer at the var­i­ous stores.But hun­dreds went to the pop­u­lar nearby beaches along Bay Street near the Bridgetown Port.It was not only an op­por­tu­nity for these day vis­i­tors to soak up some sun, sea and sand, but to taste the best of Bar­ba­dos.Browne’s Beach was aglow with colour as beach chairs and um­brel­las were laid out for vis­i­tors. (DB)Please see also Page 29. CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE OF­FI­CER Shawn Tu­dor has been axed.

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