Wastenet Saga Continues – Cr. Alex Crackett Encouraged to Bow Out of Mediation Amid Conflict Allegations
An email sent to Mayor Tim Shadbolt, Invercargill City Councillors, and media by Invercargill Ratepayers Advocacy Group spokesperson Nobby Clark has shed light on a potential conflict involving councillor Alex Crackett and her position as an ICC mediation representative.
The email included Facebook messages between Cr. Crackett and a SdE employee’s family member on November 27, 2018, which displays a potential ‘agenda’ against SdE.
Nobby Clark stated that Cr. Crackett advised the family member that “regardless of who gets the tender, there will be a provision for 24 SdE employees to remain employed”.
Cr. Crackett then states she is not a member of WasteNet, the combination of local body employees and Councillors, which Nobby says would not put her in a position to make that assumption unless a WasteNet member offered that employment provision.
Cr. Crackett also states that SdE employees are “a victim of an inefficiently managed / governered company (SdE)”.
“It is my view”, Nobby says, “that given her inappropriate comments, it is no longer appropriate for her to be an ICC mediation representative, given the lack of discretion involved.”
“It is also my view, that like Cr. Soper, she is now conflicted beyond just declaring her previous vote and should declare that conflict on any further discussion/vote regarding the tender,” Nobby says.
Cr. Crackett responded to the email and retained her stance, as well as to mention that “much time has passed”.
“I am deeply concerned about the welfare of the people, and am involved in and working extremely hard toward the resolution of a win / win situation that could ensure provision for workers (social and meaningful employment), preserve our relationship with our partners and also connect ICC with a sustainable recycling contract.”
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