A quick glance at the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) website shows Alasdair Thompson is still listed as its chief executive, but because such news spreads like wildfire, you’ll know that’s no longer the case. Today the EMA board dismissed Thompson for his dodgy call on women’s health problems and their so-called associated impacts on productivity. Not that Thompson could have been expecting it to go any other way.
EMA board president Graham Mountfort says the dismissal is directly related to Thompson’s comments to a TV3 reporter on 23 June, and the circumstances left the board with little choice.
"After having considered this matter for some time the Bboard believes Mr Thompson is no longer able to continue as CEO of the organisation,” says Mountfort. "We regret that Alasdair's role with the EMA is ending in this manner, especially considering the contribution he has made over the past 12 years.”
Mounfort says the EMA will for the meantime make no further comments on the situation.