The Critic payout

May 21st, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Beau Murrah blogs:

has received a substantial payout, apparently near a years wages, from in agreement to avoid a legal battle. However, Callum will not be returning as editor of .  Apparently decided on the economic rationale that even if they won a legal dispute it would be about as expensive.

I’d say they didn’t have a leg to stand on. Their actions looked to be a massively over the top reaction to a couple of minor issues.

OUSA is now funded by the University of Otago. What a pity Otago students are the ones who have to fund the employment mishaps of OUSA.

Salient has more info:

Under the terms of the agreement the sum of the settlement is confidential, and when spoken to by Salient, Fredric refused to confirm any figures. However, sources close to the organisation have said that the settlement was around $35,000, which is slightly less than a year’s salary for the Critic Editor.

That is a huge payout, which shows how legally flawed OUSA’s actions were. I understand their legal fees would be in the arena of $15,000 so that is $50,000 they’ve wasted.

Will students hold the executive accountable for such a waste of money? If OUSA had to actually earn its own money, instead of having the university gift it to them, then I’m sure they’d be fare more careful around how they treat their staff.

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11 Responses to “The Critic payout”

  1. david c (254 comments) says:

    “If OUSA had to actually earn its own money, instead of having the university gift it to them, then I’m sure they’d be fare more careful around how they treat their staff.”

    I call shenanigans. Plenty of organisations “earn” their own money and treat their staff like jerks.

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  2. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    That would’ve paid for a number of useful scholarships. What a pointless waste.

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  3. iMP (2,383 comments) says:

    A Student Union accountable? Pfffff.

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  4. kowtow (8,439 comments) says:

    A bit like modern governments really…….throwing other peoples’ money around with gay abandon.

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  5. somewhatthoughtful (465 comments) says:

    If student associations were still able to democratically compulsory as they were previously then it wouldn’t matter, would it? Don’t let what was obviously going to happen get in the way of your hypocrisy though, it’s the market working!

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  6. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    @kowtow Lately, modern governments have been throwing gay abandon round with money!

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  7. RRM (9,916 comments) says:

    …democratically compulsory…

    When you see it, you’ll sh!t bricks…

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  8. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    OUSA is now funded by the University of Otago. What a pity Otago students are the ones who have to fund the employment mishaps of OUSA.

    OUSA receives funding from the University to provide services. This does not include its media activities, which are funded out of OUSA’s investment income. I’ll bet that the payout also comes from this funding source.

    In other words, it is highly unlikely University money (thus current student fees) are implicated in this little saga.

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  9. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    Yawn… Student Politics.
    When I was at University 99% of us were too busy drinking at the Cook and the Gardies and bumbling through our exams to worry about which smelly student ‘activist’ was complaining about what.
    And nobody EVER read the Critic….

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  10. Mike Readman (363 comments) says:

    Why didn’t they just say “you’re fired”? The Employment Relations Authority never makes the employer pay out more than $5k or $6k plus lost wages.

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  11. feigeleh (2 comments) says:

    I was fired by OUSA some years ago (half an hour before they were to make me redundant), on trumped up charges to avoid paying me out. The Union I belonged to refused to act on my behalf because they did not want bad publicity for a Students’ Association while a VSM Bill was before the House (Michael Laws’ one). I’ll never join a Union again; nor think kindly of OUSA!

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