MP tables parliamentary motion calling for charity managing director to be sacked

Gerald Kaufman (pictured) says Bernard Rowen of Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Limited victimised a member of staff

Gerald Kaufman MP
Gerald Kaufman MP

A charity managing director is "not fit" for his job and should be sacked, an MP told Parliament last week.

Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, had tabled an early day motion expressing "utter condemnation of and disgust" with Bernard Rowen of Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Ltd for his "repeated victimisation" of an unnamed member of staff who was Kaufman’s constituent.

Kaufman said that Rowen had twice dismissed the same staff member "without any valid justification". He said the member of staff should be immediately reinstated and called instead "for the dismissal of Bernard Rowen, who is not fit for this publicly-funded job".

It is understood that the constituent was sacked but then reinstated following a letter to the charity from Kaufman. He was then sacked again but was unable to make a claim at the employment tribunal because he had been re-employed on a new contract and therefore had not been employed for long enough to acquire the right to submit a claim.

Kaufman said the Charity Commission should investigate the conduct of this organisation and that the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, the transport arm of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, should review its funding of the charity.

Kaufman said in a debate in the House of Commons last week that the "vilification, as well as the persecution and repeated dismissal, of my constituent by Rowen is outrageous and intolerable".

He called for action "to stop public money being wasted on an organisation whose managing director behaves like a tyrant."

Andrew Lansley, the Leader of the House, said in response that it was a matter for the transport and local authorities in Greater Manchester but said he would ensure that he would draw the attention of the relevant authorities to the issue.

Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Ltd declined to comment.

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