A PARKING inspector will be paid three months’ wages after the fair work commission found his sacking over incorrect timesheets to be “harsh”.
Commissioner Bruce Williams found Perth city council parking team leader Alexander Casper didn’t work 28 minutes he’d claimed on one day and 111 minutes he claimed on another back in 2014.
The commissioner found the discrepancy could be a “valid reason” for a sacking but in this case it amounted to unfair dismissal.
“Taking into consideration his length of service, the [City of Perth’s] more lenient approach to other staff not working strictly in accordance with their rosters and the fact that on occasions Mr Casper would undertake duties outside of his rostered hours my conclusion is the decision to dismiss him was harsh,” the commissioner said.
Mr Williams said it was fair enough the council had lost trust and confidence in Mr Casper and it would’ve been fair to demote him, considering he’d wiped a work phone shortly after he’d discovered there was an investigation into his timesheets (he said he wiped it to get rid of family snaps before handing it back to the bosses).
Taking everything into account the commissioner settled on three months’ pay as fair remuneration.
We asked lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi if she had any sympathy for Mr Casper given her own experiences with incorrect paperwork, but didn’t hear back.
The lord mayor has not responded to any of our queries since our reports on her part-ownership of the decrepit Grand Central hostel building.
by DAVID BELL