After 34 years of loyal service council worker Maureen O'Bern has shockingly been suspended after standing up to bosses for using a Chinese state-owned construction company in £130 million deal
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For 34 years Maureen O’Bern has worked for the council. Her record is unblemished.
Now she has been suspended. Why? Because in social media posts she has criticised the council that employs her for using a state-owned Chinese construction company in a £130million development in Wigan.
But Ms O’Bern has serious concerns at the human rights record in Hong Kong of China not to mention the persecution of the Uighurs. She has good point; “I don’t think they should be buying up our towns.
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“With investment you get power and influence. I don’t want that from a totalitarian state. I love my hometown of Wigan and I want development but I want it done ethically.”
Ms O’Bern knew she shouldn’t go public but felt this was a big issue. I admire her. She stood as pro-Brexit candidate in the 2019 General election.
Unreasonably the council her escorted her out of her library and suspended her. They should allow things to calm down and then let brave Maureen back. We need more like her not less.
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