Last night a 4,761 word rant was published on Gaurav Sharma’s facebook page.
In it he really lays out the dirt and shows what a corrupt regime the Ardern Government has become. Nah just kidding he goes on a big bleat about three of his staff members.
From the looks of it he may have breached all sorts of confidentiality agreements. I suspect lawyers are looking into this now. And for one former staffer he has renewed the sense of dread that is often a feature of being the victim rather than the perpetrator of bullying.
From Thomas Coughan at the Herald:
One former staff member speaking to the Herald anonymously urged Sharma to move on.
“Stop dragging this out,” they said.
“This is a breach of our confidentiality. It’s bringing up past trauma – we’ve already lived it once,” they said.
The staffer had previously spoken to the Herald about how Parliamentary Service, the employer of staff who work at Parliament and in electorates, had to arrange counselling for them after working with Sharma had made them feel depressed and want to self-harm.
They were staggered that Sharma, knowing this, would seek to relitigate their employment in public.
The staffer said that all of the former staff Sharma had fallen out with had kept confidentiality and tried to move on.
The episode only hit the public domain when Sharma decided to go public with his own claims of bullying. The staffer said they had done the right thing by Sharma, but he had not done the right thing by them.
“We’re all moving on – we kept our end of the bargain and didn’t say anything about it,” they said.
“Him bringing it up again is triggering me,” they said.
The contents of Sharma’s facebook post suggest that Sharma has this extraordinary ability to focus on the most trivial issue possible and make it into a big thing.
One comment from Sharma sums up things well:
Ask yourself how any of this makes sense?
He wants an independent public inquiry into employment issues, such as if a staff member turned up late to work, that have obviously been dealt with on a confidential basis. He claims that the screenshots he previously provided are evidence of systemic bullying when they appear to show nothing more than understandable work stress.
Judging by twitter his reputation is in free fall. The overwhelming effect of the allegations is Meh.