Abuse scandal: who will start the disciplinary proceedings?

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I don’t want Shaun Wright to ‘fall on his sword’ and those who keep demanding it should stop.

My whole working life, 50 years, was spent in private industry and despite much of that being during troubled times twixt management and unions it was always the case that a disciplinary process was agreed and, in the main, effectively executed.

Allegations of misconduct were investigated quickly, usually days rather than weeks, by nominated personnel including the personnel manager, the manager of the person against whom the allegation was made and usually the latter’s representative; others with unique knowledge of technicalities might also be referred to. A hearing would follow and if proven the allegations would result in some degree of punishment – that’s what it is. Gross misconduct which, if proven, is what we’re dealing with here meant instant dismissal with withdrawal of the employer’s pension contributions. Usually, the offense was of a lesser nature resulting in maybe a few days off with no pay, maybe only a written warning.

I haven’t seen any call for such action here and the next thing we know Shaun Wright will be on ‘gardening leave’ at full salary whilst some judge takes six months to produce yet another report. Is there no prescribed disciplinary procedure within his job description? Are we to believe nobody is in a position to take him through a disciplinary procedure which includes looking at all the facts? Quickly?

Those of us from private industry have always known that the public sector is soft on discipline and accountability; yes, we didn’t work in it but have friends and colleagues who do. That chicken has now come home to roost in the most obscene way.

John Andrews

Carterknowle Ave, S11 9FU