Former RSPCA chief withdraws action

SACKED RSPCA Tasmania chief executive Ben Sturges has unconditionally withdrawn from all unfair dismissal proceedings lodged with Fair Work Australia last year.

Mr Sturges was fired by the animal welfare organisation in November after a workplace investigation alleged he had bullied and threatened staff, made derogatory comments about the RSPCA board and destroyed a work laptop.

He denied all allegations at the time and lodged an unfair dismissal application with Fair Work Australia in a bid for reinstatement, arguing his sacking lacked procedural fairness.

Mr Sturges withdrew from the case yesterday on the same day he was due to give evidence.

RSPCA Tasmania president Paul Swiatkowski said Mr Sturges representative Igor Gratten had been seeking a settlement with the RSPCA in the last week.

``The RSPCA would not consider any settlement that did not incorporate a public apology from the former CEO regarding his conduct,'' he said.

``No settlement was ever reached.

``I believe this vindicated the RSPCA's action to sack Mr Sturges, who has publicly stated he did not know why he was sacked.''

Mr Sturges told ABC Local Radio this morning that he withdrew from Fair Work proceedings as he did not wish to work for the RSPCA anymore.

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