A mess that could have been averted

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - AN­DREW BOURKE, AB­SO­LUTELY HR

An­drew Bourke, who has worked in HR since 1996, and who is the founder of Ed­in­burgh-based Ab­so­lutely HR Limited, said the Scot­tish Govern­ment has “made a mess” of the investigation.

“The Acas code of con­duct says if there’s been an in­ci­dent and some­one has made a com­plaint there should be one per­son to deal with the investigation, one to deal with the com­plaint and a third per­son to deal with any ap­peal. The Acas code of con­duct says quite clearly you can’t be judge jury and ex­e­cu­tioner.

“There are a lot of peo­ple work­ing for the Scot­tish Govern­ment and they should have been able to find some­one who was not linked to the com­plainants to in­ves­ti­gate. I don’t know what they were try­ing to do but they made a mess of it.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment should have known that there was a prob­lem with the investigation be­fore they cost the Scot­tish peo­ple £500,000 in court costs.

“It could so eas­ily have been avoided and ques­tions have to be asked about why this went so badly wrong.”

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