Foster-Bell’s staff problems

Paul Foster-Bell is has been a National MP since 2013 when he came in via the party list to replace Jackie Blue when she resigned from Parliament.

He seems to have a problem with his staff. According to Newshub he has had 12 employees leave his office in his three years as an MP.

According to one ex-staff member he is good at going to events but not good at managing his office.

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As well as working as a diplomat Foster-Bell has been around the political traps a bit:

  • 2002 stood in Dunedin South (National did very poorly that year)
  • 2011 stood in Wellington Central and got 32.51%, less than National’s 38.42%
    (Grant Robertson won with 49.15%, Labour got 26.56%).
  • 2011 placed at 56 on National’s list and missed the cut, with several lower placed candidates winning electorates.
  • 2014 stood in Wellington Central and got less, 30.09% (National 37.54%)
    (Grant Robertson won with 51.64%, Labour got 23.78%)

Foster-Bell has had an unremarkable 3 years in Parliament. He is one of the lowest placed MPs in National’s pecking order apart from MPs who got in at the 2014 election.

His website shows that he is the Deputy Chair of Government Administration Select Committee and a member of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

His website indicates he churns out media releases and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE: Newshub now has the story up: National MP Paul Foster-Bell accused of bullying

National List MP Paul Foster-Bell is refusing to explain the high turnover of staff in his office.

He’s had 12 employees leave over the past three years, in what’s understood to be one of the highest employee turnover rates of any current, non-ministerial MP.

Newshub has been told by a handful of former staff members the reasons for the turnover include relationship breakdowns, an untenable work environment and jumping ship to other offices because of better offers.

Some of the woes have included internal mediation sessions, employment lawyers and interventions from Parliament’s human resources staff.

Two of the cases involve staff members who, on separate occasions, complained to Parliamentary Service about Mr Foster-Bell’s conduct, claiming he tried forcing each of them to resign.

In one of those cases, it’s understood Mr Foster-Bell called the worker into his office, told them they were resigning, and emailed news of the “resignation” to National’s whips’ office and to Parliamentary Service.

Lawyers were involved in an out-of-court mediation process, which saw the employee leave with a compensatory pay-out. A source close to the situation told Newshub: “The fact is, he’s a bully.”

The other case saw a loyal and long-serving staff member told to resign by Mr Foster-Bell, and even given a resignation date because they had been upfront about wanting a career change.

Another source told Newshub: “They gave Paul the courtesy of telling him they wanted a new challenge, and a career change. But then without even getting, or even looking for, a new job, or even thinking about resigning, Paul gave them a specific end date.”

That case also ended up in a dispute with Parliamentary Service, which sided with the staff member, claiming Mr Foster-Bell’s conduct wasn’t consistent with employment law.

 

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19 Comments

    • Obviously someone has concerns about his ability to manage and retain office staff. Several disgruntled ex staff were quoted. Foster-Bell wouldn’t comment but that’s fair enough, he shouldn’t publicly discuss staff issues.

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      • Ok. So he is hard to work with, how many other MP’s are shit to work for? Do we have a list? Or is this just another little hit from Labour or the Greens? I thought Dirty Politics was over? Not Labour or the Greens thing!!!! And all that.

        Hopefully we will see some dirt spread about some opposition MP’s in quiet retaliation – but I suppose you need some tame journos to achieve that…

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        • duperez

           /  27th June 2016

          Is it “Dirty Politics” when scummy behaviour from an MP is pointed out? If an opposition MP had exactly the same circumstances occur in her/his office, would you be protesting if there were publicity about it?

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          • Duprez…. where exactly is the scummy behaviour spelt out? Where is the balance in the article. Foster-Bell has little he can sat.

            If he really is acting as a poor employer then PG’s should be filed and he should be taken to the cleaners… Have PG’s been filed? If Not why not?

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        • Gezza

           /  27th June 2016

          Are there any tame journos? If there’s a sniff of anything potentially sensational or scandalous in any Party isn’t some journo onto it like a rabid dog, especially when Parliament’s in recess & there’s not much there for them to feed on.

          Let me add that I don’t have anything personally against any journalist, but if i did, I’d seriously think about passing it on to one of their competitors.

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  1. This is very clever:
    @GCSBIntercepts
    Couldn’t be bothered getting an actual photo of Paul Foster-Bell for our file

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    • Zedd

       /  27th June 2016

      a very close resemblence; Pete G(riffin)..
      also apparently see by at least 1 MP as ‘Jabba the hutt’ 😀

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      • Gezza

         /  27th June 2016

        If anyone thinks he looks like Jabba the Hutt I assume they’d think Gezza Brownlee is a separate land mass.

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  2. John Key: sack him!

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  3. Blazer

     /  26th June 2016

    he looks like Bennetts brother.

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    • Gezza

       /  27th June 2016

      Actually I used to use Billy Bunter as my avatar because he looks like Gerry Brownlee.

      Reply
  4. Speaking of GCSB where is Ben Rachinger?

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  5. jamie

     /  26th June 2016

    This comes as quite a surprise to me. In his public appearances and in his conduct in parliament he has always come across as extremely courteous and gentlemanly.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  27th June 2016

      which goes to prove the old saw that all that glitters is not gold. With its theme that evil lurks behind fair looks, there’s a fair bit of Macbeth in this.

      Also a decent dose of hubris I suspect. Smells like an overly healthy dose of self-regard, and expectations that far exceed the scope of his ability.

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      • Gezza

         /  27th June 2016

        Shades of Aaron Gilmore but without the accompanying visits to restaurants?

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  6. Hi is a pompous fat bully who needs to go. Apart from that he is the third highest spending MP (local) and it is unacceptable to have someone in this position who cannot control both his staff and his spending,

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  7. Zedd

     /  27th June 2016

    Foster-Bell typifies the ‘pompous elitist’ B-S that the ‘Right-supremacists’ promote. If he was a ‘good bloke’.. staff would lining up to work with him, not rushing for the exit door ! 😦

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