Call for probe into voluntary organisation

Reporter:

Staff reporter

A CALL has been made for an investigation into the running of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW).

The Shadow Minister for North Wales Mark Isherwood said he has been deeply concerned over the outcome of an employment tribunal.

Two weeks ago the Leader reported AVOW was ordered to pay more than £21,000 after failing to take proper steps to reduce the risk of a member of staff – Genny Bove – suffering a severe migraine.

In a damning judgement, trustees of AVOW were accused of failing in their duty to monitor the conduct of their paid officials.

Mr Isherwood said: “The findings were shocking and demand full public investigation. I understand AVOW is now seeking legal advice on whether it has grounds to appeal.

“IThis is an organisation responsible for large sums of public money and which plays a key local role.

“I have written to the Welsh Government and other organisations including Wrexham Council, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and the Charity Commission. I will also be discussing the findings with the Wales Audit Office.”

A spokesman for AVOW said the organisation was unable to comment as it was considering an appeal.

After failing to get a satisfactory response to her grievances about working conditions Ms Bove resigned in March 2009, and subsequently lodged a claim for unfair and constructive dismissal.

The tribunal upheld that claim and her claim of disability discrimination, based on the fact that AVOW had failed to make reasonable adjustments for her disability, but was also guilty of direct discrimination and victimisation.

In addition to a basic award of £626, the association was ordered to pay her £8,000 plus interest for injury to feelings and compensation of £12,072, making a total of £21,177.

See full story in the Leader

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on

Characters left: 1500

Most Read