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Jennifer Edwards's termination as NSWMA boss was unjustified, IDT rules

Jennifer Edwards, former executive director of the NSWMA
 
Three years after Jennifer Edwards, then Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), was sent packing amid criticism of her handling of a massive fire at the Riverton disposal site, the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) has ruled that the termination of her contract was unjustified.
 
The IDT has ordered that she be paid three years basic pay.
 
RJR News has obtained a copy of the IDT ruling dated May 9.
 
It ordered that Miss Edwards be paid salaries due to her for the period February 2015 to February 26 this year.
 
She must also be paid in lieu of vacation leave she would have earned during the period.
 
Amidst the crisis at the Riverton disposal site as the huge fire continued for a week, the Board of the NSWMA decided not to renew Miss Edwards' contract.
 
RJR News was informed that the Board cited non-performance for its decision.
     
This followed questions about her stewardship of the NSWMA.
 
When RJR News spoke with Ms Edwards, she expressed satisfaction with the ruling by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal but signalled that it was the tip of the iceberg. 
 
"I think that this is simply a matter of dealing with my contract... (but) how the issue was dealt with in the media is not only far from the truth but it certainly placed me in a position that I couldn't hold up my head for a long time," she explained, adding that she has not yet taken a position on how she will deal with that issue.  
 
Ms Edwards charged that due process must be followed as it relates to how employees are terminated. This due process, she alluded, was not afforded to her in the time of her dismissal. 
 
 
 
 
 


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