Marryatt filed grievance against council

05:17, Aug 31 2012
chch protest
CONCERNED CITIZENS: The crowd at last year's rally to protest against the Christchurch City Council's performance and the $68,000 pay rise initially awarded to chief executive Tony Marryatt.

Christchurch City Council boss Tony Marryatt took ratepayer-funded legal action against city councillors several months after his controversial $68,000 payrise late last year.

Marryatt filed a personal grievance against his employers - the elected council - on April 18, two and a-half months after 4000 people protested outside Civic Headquarters and asked for his removal.

A handful of city councillors were also at the protest.

Tony Marryatt
GRIEVANCE: Christchurch City Council boss Tony Marryatt took ratepayer-funded legal action against city councillors.

However, the grievance was settled before it went to the Employment Court.

Marryatt did not receive a settlement as a result of his claim but his legal costs were reimbursed by the council.

The Press understands those costs could be somewhere between $10,000 and $30,000.

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In February, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the council had not sought legal advice on the likelihood of a grievance case, but it was ''generally known'' it had been put at risk by councillors' comments.

''As far as personal grievances go, councillors publicly calling for the Government to replace the chief executive or being involved in a demonstration . . . are effectively the most dangerous things you could do.''

However, Marryatt had told him he was prepared to continue in the role, Parker said then.

''He has told me that the job is very important to him, that it matters, and that he derives a great deal of professional pleasure from his work . . . he's not . . . talking about a personal grievance.''

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