It appears that HCT’s Provost, Mark Drummond, is not only keen on ripping off colleges but also enjoys cheating on his wife by looking for a bit on the side too. This little page appears to indicate Mark is in the market for some extra-marital ‘activities’, as he claims to be ‘a really active guy’ who has ‘nothing in particular against "one nighters"’.
When he’s not on the lookout for easy meat to screw, Mark (or is it 'Marshall'?) likes to try ripping off the hard-working staff of HCT, as these following emails regarding withholding valid leave payments prove.
From: Dr. Marshall Drummond
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 8:58 AM
Cc: Salma Elansary; Christine Luscombe-Whyte
Directors – I have just received a number of final settlement forms to sign which trouble me greatly. Most of these employees:
- Have accumulated leave of 20 or more days
- Are working through June 16 or June 23
- Most are “general interest terminations”, terminations or non-renewals
Why on earth we would not manage down this leave completely stumps me. I refuse to sign these liberal “going away” leave payouts for these employees.
Please take immediate actions to advise any and all departing parties that meet these specifications that today is their LAST WORKING DAY. In that way we can manage this excessive leave down a bit.
I know that there are occasional exceptions but overall I view this as sloppy management.
You will be notified of specific names by Salma this morning.
From: Dr. Marshall Drummond
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 11:01 AM
To: HCT-COLLEGE-DIRECTORS; Christine Luscombe-Whyte
Subject: managing leave
Directors – there are a number of employees complaining to the press about being “forced” to use accumulated leave prior to separation. My note to you was a general critique about management of accumulated leave. Some of the departing ones had 40+ days of accumulated leave – which to me is unacceptable.
In cases where teaching faculty accumulated leave during the Spring Term and have not been able to utilize it – my suggestion to you was to work with them and try to get them to agree to leave early and thus use some of the accumulated leave. If they absolutely refuse then you will have to honor their leave balance but you should have this conversation with each and every one of them. From the reports coming out today I think that some of those conversations have been muddled.
At any rate – you need to always be on top of accumulated leave balances for all employees and be certain that you subordinates are working with faculty and staff to plan to use any and all accumulated leave.
We should not get surprised at the end-of-service by demands to pay out extraordinary amounts of unused leave.
So, Mark comes on as the hardened cowboy at first, telling college directors to despatch employees homewards immediately in order to save paying out a few extra dirhams in holiday pay. Then, when news of his attempts to ILLEGALLY withhold employees’ payments reach the press, he caves in, turns round and blames the directors for having misunderstood his directions.
And just what were those directions?
“Please take immediate actions to advise any and all departing parties that meet these specifications that today is their LAST WORKING DAY.”
Hmm, looks pretty final to me, I must say. But apparently Mark had no intention of forcing employees home. No, what he REALLY wanted to say was this:
“my suggestion to you was to work with them and try to get them to agree to leave early and thus use some of the accumulated leave”
So the order to take ‘immediate action’ was, in fact, merely a ‘suggestion’, in Drummond-speak. Quelle surprise, Romeo!
Now, although we can all laugh at Drummond’s cowardice and incompetence (which is fairly standard for HCT senior managers), the emails above do highlight an extremely important related issue, namely employees’ end-of-service payments.
Sources close to the gang of incompetents who call themselves the HCT Senior Management Team have reported that discussions have taken place regarding a unilateral "amendment" that will be made to ALL end-of-service payments. Any long term HCT employees who have a significant end of service balance due should start getting extremely concerned. In simple terms, HCT will simply refuse to honour their contractual obligation to pay it. They know very well that they can easily get away with ripping off their own employees, as a court case could conceivably take years to progress through the lazy, sleazy Emirati court system – and no teacher could deal with that and remain in the country, probably living at their own expense.
Don’t believe us? Just hang on and wait – or rather, leave NOW before it becomes policy!