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Monday, November 07, 2005

Susan Wood

She's won. More to come no doubt. Ruling just out. Can't link it, sorry.

Case is here. Thanks Dave.

Update 2: Money quote here from the ruling. If Wood had it hard then, she's just made it way, way worse. Doh!

Her fiancé Mr Kevin Stanley gives evidence to the Authority that he has observed Ms Wood make a tremendous commitment to her role on Close-Up at 7. He says the past few weeks have been devastating for Ms Wood and her sons and she has not been able to sleep at night. She has been very stressed. He has noticed changes in her behaviour and cites an incident where she shouted at her children in a way that was out of character for her. He says they were unable to attend a recent birthday party because Ms Wood could not face being around people from her industry and lying about how well her job was going.

Posted by Gooner | 11/07/2005 04:54:00 PM


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

So she's staying on with her old salary? How is this possible when her contract expires in Dec anyway.

11/07/2005 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

They have to mutually agree a new salary at that time. Which means they say 'we'll give you $250k and not one penny more and she says 'I want $500k' and they say sorry piss off and she says 'but you need me' and they say 'no we don't, your ratings have gone down so much we've decided to give your show to an animated presenter' and off she goes. No one else would employ her. Holmes was right. She enjoyed a very good living while she lived off his name.

11/07/2005 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

"It ruled TVNZ could not cut her pay or let her go at the end of her 12 month contract."


11/07/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger MarcusD said...

WTF? You mean if a fixed term contract expires and one party doesn't want to renew then they have to?!?! I need to read a copy of the judgement as it obviously has ramifcations for all employers, not just TVNZ.

11/07/2005 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Gooner said...

I think they ruled she wasn't a fixed term employee because her employment (Close Up) isn't a fixed term job: it is ongoing so her employment has to be. Caveat: think with a capital T. I haven't read the case.

11/07/2005 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Can you get the finding so we don't have to rely on the media?

11/07/2005 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

They said her employment contract was poorly written, so I guess as long as people are writing their contracts properly then this won't be a problem.

I wonder, given the fact that they told her not to come in to work today (and she didn't feature on the ad for Close Up for tomorrow) whether they will try and push her out by minimising the work she is doing, like with what happened to Eric Young (correct name? The guy who used to be on the late news with Kate Hawkesby).

11/07/2005 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Gooner you're right, the ruling determined that she's on a fixed term contract but not a fixed term employee, rather ironic given that her former boss is now on a "fixed term contract" and will be paid out in one hit even though he is not a fixed term employee. Judgement is online on scoop and linked to my blog.

11/07/2005 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Gooner said...

Al, yes.

Ashley, I have seen some TVNZ contracts and considering this is a State owned entity with, conceivably, millions and millions of doleros available it was simply terrible. Looked like it had been pulled off a website.

I think she is finished at TVNZ. I see a payout or a personal grievance. If they boot her out she may get reinstatement but she could never appear on national TV after the public stoush she will go through.

11/07/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger reid said...

Prebble on Nat Radio Friday said one of Labour's employment law revisions (that he objected to) forced the interpretation that even if a contract had a fixed term the terms were invariable if the work was ongoing and the renewal entailed a downgrade in provisions. Something like that.

How ironic. And frankly, instead of Sue, putting Simon Dallow on 6 and his wife on at 7, or vice versa, would be a superior combination to TV3.

11/07/2005 10:04:00 PM  

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