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Ramharrack's predecessor was unilaterally dismissed by former Petrojam MD, PAC told

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 2:56 PM
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Petrojam's legal advisor has told a Parliamentary committee that resigned former managing director Floyd Grindley unilaterally dismissed human resource manager Rose Scott Heron two years ago.

"He did not consult with me," Tamara Robinson told a Public Accounts Committee meeting this morning.

Robinson, who is also the corporate secretary, said she was on vacation at the time Scott Heron was dismissed and upon her return to work, she informed Grindley that the summary dismissal breached the labour code.

"He was not receptive to that advice," she said.

The attorney said she also proposed retaining an external attorney to advise Grindley about the labour code, but, according to her, he did not opt for the offer.

Robinson was responding to questions from committee members probing the circumstances under which Scott Heron's successor Yolande Ramharrack was given a $13.4 million separation package.

It included a $2.7 million incentive payment although Ramharrack received a 47 per cent score on her appraisal.

Scott Heron has challenged the decision to dismiss her and the matter is now at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.

This morning, Petrojam's General Manager Winston Watson also sought to explain why he opted to abort the disciplinary hearing into 19 charges against Ramharrack.

Watson said it would have been very costly.

He explained that after a hearing into two of the charges, Petrojam incurred just over $4 million in legal and other fees.

"It was a business decision," Watson said.

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