Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Paul Buchanan's Employment At Auckland Uni Ends

Paul Buchanan's Official Employment At Auckland University Concludes

International relations and security expert Paul G. Buchanan is no longer employed by Auckland University after the settlement agreement struck in 2008 concluded this September.

Dr. Buchanan - whose “Word from Afar” column is featured at www.scoop.co.nz and whose commentary appears regularly in New Zealand media - sought legal recourse through his union after claiming his employer, Auckland University, unfairly dismissed him in 2007.

On March 26 2008, the Employment Relations Authority ruled that the dismissal was unjustified and it awarded Dr. Buchanan $51,000 in lost wages and $15,000 for hurt and humiliation. However, it did not award reinstatement as the primary remedy, arguing that it was “impractical” to do so. Buchanan appealed that part of the ERA decision to the Employment Court and reached a settlement with the University in September 2008.

Under the terms of the September 2008 settlement, reinstatement was a time-limited formality that covered a nominal monetary payout by the University.

Dr. Buchanan said: “Although I wanted to pursue my case against the university in the Employment Court in order to secure full reinstatement, I was unable to convince my union to fund the case in the face of a settlement offer.

“Since I was unable to fund the case myself, that left me little option other than to accept the settlement even though it has effectively meant the end of my academic career,” he said.

Currently living in Singapore, Dr. Buchanan will return to New Zealand later this year in order to explore career options: “I believe that I can still contribute to public debate and intellectual life in New Zealand. The question is whether I will be allowed to do so, and the only way to find out is to return and re-establish my roots in the country.”

Dr. Buchanan can be reached at paulgbuchanan@gmail.com.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: Why The New British Conservative PM Is Talking Inequality

In a major speech, May honed in on one key theme: an economy “that works for everyone”. It was strikingly like the language that the former British Labour leader, Ed Miliband, used in last year’s election campaign, as he put inequality front and centre of his – unsuccessful – political pitch. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tony Blair And The Chilcot Report

Alongside this litany of criticisms of Blair’s style of government and decision-making, Chilcot has also given Blair a remarkable amount of wiggle room. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Flying Blind

Lets imagine an industry that prides itself on its modern technology. Yet its basic service is a chronic source of anxiety to many of its customers, partly because (very occasionally) this industry suffers catastrophic accidents that kill everyone who is using a particular instance of its service at the time. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news