The Employment Relations Authority has rejected a personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal of a school principal by the school’s statutory manager.

The principal was advised that he was not dealing appropriately with the school community and failing to undertake meaningful consultation.  His relationship with the school and wider community had broken down.

The ERA held that the principal’s failure to accept any personal responsibility for the situation contributed to the dismissal of his claim.  He displayed an inability to develop wholesome relationships with those around him including a succession of employing bodies.