Advice bureau’s boss makes bullying claim

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MOTHERWELL and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau has been accused of failing to ‘practise what it preaches’ by a sacked manager who claims he suffered a four-month ordeal of bullying and intimidation.

Pat MacKinnon says bosses failed to deal with his complaints about the behaviour of some staff then dismissed him out of the blue on the day of his appraisal.

Mr MacKinnon (47), who has worked with Citizens Advice Bureaux for 15 years, is now considering taking the Motherwell and Wishaw organisation to a tribunal for wrongful dismissal.

He said: “I have never experienced anything like that place.

“This type of organisation is supposed to help people, but the level of resistance I met was unacceptable. It got very nasty - and you don’t expect that in CAB.

“We fight for people’s rights and people expect us to practise what we preach. What’s happened to me is made worse by the fact that I was working with CAB.”

Mr MacKinnon said objects were thrown at him, unfounded rumours circulated and he was subjected to verbal abuse.

Motherwell and Wishaw CAB general manager Audrey Cuthbertson said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to discuss the case, but stressed that nothing that has happened has affected the services provided by her staff.

Full story in this week’s Motherwell Times.