The Wall Of Silence RE: The Affairs of Selby Area Internal Drainage Board

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Dear North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel,

I have worked as a piece worker for Selby Area Internal Drainage Board for forty four years. There is much evidence to show that we as full time piece workers of the Board have been badly treated over the past thirty six years, in that our pay rates have been reduced by two thirds. This must be unique in the free world.

However, although this appalling treatment is undisputed, the identity of the party which authorised such treatment remains a secret. For fourteen years I have asked “What party authorised the treatment of the piece workers 84 to date.” As the people who run the Board’s affairs must know the answer to this question, I have repeatedly asked this of Board members and management, and have asked that it be debated by the full Board. No reply has ever been given.

I have asked every government authority, every politician, every local council member, and every media outlet to help me ask this question of the Board, but all are “Deaf, dumb and blind” to this matter. Some say that this is not their business, (whether it is or not) but most authorities say, as did Selby Police in 2003, that “This is a civil matter, between you and your employer alone.” Such a ruling, however, is directly contradicted by a sight of the Board’s Clerk’s “View” of the Board’s minutes, which shows that, for the twenty one years shown, the Board as an entity, our employer, knew nothing of our treatment.

There are only two possibilities here. The first is that this is a “Civil” matter, as Selby Police insisted, in which case the Board as an entity knows of and has approved our treatment. If, on the other hand, the Board has known nothing of our treatment, then how can this come about without criminal misconduct taking place?

If the Board does know of all of our treatment, then why have I been asked to “Put in a claim” against the Board,” in writing, and by two successive Board members, one who said he was acting on the Board’s Clerk’s instructions, and the other who actually told me that “It was agreed by the Board that you should put in a claim.”

All I want to know is the truth, in that the question “Who authorised the piece workers’ treatment, and the “Claim” request to me,” is asked of the Board’s management. It has been established that I have the right to “Claim.” Only by knowing the answer to these questions will I be able to pursue this “Claim” with some definite party. As the only party which can answer these questions is the Board’s management, I ask for the help of anyone in power to achieve this end. Evidence may be seen at: https://theselbysecret.weebly.com

Yours faithfully,

Paul Crooks

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel

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Dear Paul

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and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and that the matter he has
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functions in this respect.  On this basis the Panel is unable to assist as
it doesn't have any recorded information on the matter requested.

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Information Governance Officer

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From: Paul Crooks [[FOI #468653 email]]
Sent: 04 March 2018 18:38
To: Infogov  -  Veritau
Subject: Freedom of Information request - The Wall Of Silence RE: The
Affairs of Selby Area Internal Drainage Board

Dear North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel,

I have worked as a piece worker for Selby Area Internal Drainage Board for
forty four years.  There is much evidence to show that we as full time
piece workers of the Board have been badly treated over the past thirty
six years, in that our pay rates have been reduced by two thirds.  This
must be unique in the free world.

However, although this appalling treatment is undisputed, the identity of
the party which authorised such treatment remains a secret.  For fourteen
years I have asked “What party authorised the treatment of the piece
workers 84 to date.”  As the people who run the Board’s affairs must know
the answer to this question, I have repeatedly asked this of Board members
and management, and have asked that it be debated by the full Board.  No
reply has ever been given.

I have asked every government authority, every politician, every local
council member, and every media outlet to help me ask this question of the
Board, but all are “Deaf, dumb and blind” to this matter.  Some say that
this is not their business, (whether it is or not) but most authorities
say, as did Selby Police in 2003, that “This is a civil matter, between
you and your employer alone.”  Such a ruling, however, is directly
contradicted by a sight of the Board’s Clerk’s “View” of the Board’s
minutes, which shows that, for the twenty one years shown, the Board as an
entity, our employer, knew nothing of our treatment.

There are only two possibilities here.  The first is that this is a
“Civil” matter, as Selby Police insisted, in which case the Board as an
entity knows of and has approved our treatment.  If, on the other hand,
the Board has known nothing of our treatment, then how can this come about
without criminal misconduct taking place?

If the Board does know of all of our treatment, then why have I been asked
to “Put in a claim” against the Board,” in writing, and by two successive
Board members, one who said he was acting on the Board’s Clerk’s
instructions, and the other who actually told me that “It was agreed by
the Board that you should put in a claim.”

All I want to know is the truth, in that the question “Who authorised the
piece workers’ treatment, and the “Claim” request to me,” is asked of the
Board’s management.  It has been established that I have the right to
“Claim.” Only by knowing the answer to these questions will I be able to
pursue this “Claim” with some definite party.  As the only party which can
answer these questions is the Board’s management, I ask for the help of
anyone in power to achieve this end.  Evidence may be seen at:
https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=2863&a...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Crooks

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