Vinnies Suspends NSW Board
12 July 2010 at 11:51 am
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has suspended its NSW State Council over ongoing allegations of bullying.
John Falzon, Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul has released a statement on the Catholica website saying the national President Syd Tutton, has taken the step under the statutes of the Society to place the NSW State Council under the temporary administration of the National Council.
Tutton says this is a regrettable but necessary measure in light of a number of problems that were not being addressed by the State Administration.
He says the Society is a federation of State Councils and the National Council has a responsibility to ensure that all State Council administrations are fulfilling their commitments to the mission of the Society.
Tutton emphasised that the action taken was not about personalities but about a changing culture to ensure the Society could fulfil its mission of support for, and solidarity with, the most marginalised members of the community.
John Falzon says the move has received strong support from members of the NSW State Council and he has also received support of the international President General for the actions that have been taken.
The ABC is reporting that the move by its president is a last-ditch attempt to change a negative culture that has been developing in the state's senior administration for years.
The report quotes John Falzon as saying he believes the incidents of bullying are the result of the state wing taking a corporate approach to management and the culture shift has taken the board's focus off the disadvantaged people it was supposed to be helping.
He has told the ABC that the need for a change of culture in the senior administration was nominated as one of the chief reasons for the national council needing to intervene.