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Slap on the wrist for Toll managers who acted inappropriately

The remuneration of senior managers who committed sexually inappropriate conduct during a workplace conference in Sydney has not been affected

Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | October 29, 2012

The remuneration of senior managers who committed sexually inappropriate conduct during a workplace conference in Sydney has not been affected, Managing Director Brian Kruger has told shareholders.

Speaking at last week’s annual general meeting in Melbourne, Kruger says the three who wore aprons depicting the naked body of artist Michelangelo’s statue of David have instead been disciplined.

Mike Valkenburg, Steve Bell and Lee Miller were found to have acted inappropriately in August. The incident was then investigated which led them to being sanctioned.

“We acknowledge that wearing the apron was inappropriate and we have conducted a very thorough investigation into all the things that happened on that night,” Kruger says.

“The people involved have had disciplinary action and we have reinforced training across the group of what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.”

Kruger says the investigation showed the practice was not endemic to Toll and that the company took the right course of action in dealing with the incident.

Meanwhile, Kruger says the 2011 Japan tsunami heavily affected the business’s Footwork Express operation.

“We have made a lot of operational improvements in that business but unfortunately because of the tsunami, the market has softened more than we expected,” he says.

“We have made progress on one front but it has made an impact on the other.”

CORRECTION: The original article indicated Brian Kruger mentioned an incident involving a toy donkey and a senior Toll manager. This was incorrect. Kruger made no mention of this. Toll says the donkey allegation is untrue as found by an external investigation. ATN and SCR apologise for the error.

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