Bullying claims at Welsh meat promotion firm

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Concerns have been raised about alleged bullying of staff at a meat promotion company overseen by the Welsh government.

North Wales Senedd Member Llyr Gruffydd has called for a Senedd committee inquiry into Welsh meat promoter Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales.

Six members of staff complained separately about bullying behaviour by a manager and an external investigation upheld several complaints against the individual concerned, according to Newyddion S4C.

The Welsh government said it did not comment on staffing at “arm’s length bodies”.

 

Mr Gruffydd said he was concerned about “allegations of bullying and the way these have been handled by the chair and certain board members”.

The meat promotion firm – which promotes the sale of Welsh lamb, beef and pork – is a private company limited by guarantee, and the Welsh government is ultimately responsible for its oversight.

Despite Hybu Cig Cymru saying they would “take action” to resolve the issue, BBC Wales understands those actions were not shared with staff, with some feeling the matter had not been dealt with appropriately.

Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association said: “I’m hearing all sorts of stories and allegations coming from Hybu Cig Cymru, and I’m concerned as to how levy-payers’ money is being used, and whether all this leads to HCC taking its eye off the ball.”

 

 

Gwyn Loader | BBC News

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