Aug 2018 | Unions seek to end religious bodies' right to discriminate in hiring

Date: 6 Aug 2018

Source: The Guardian

Australia’s union movement will lobby for churches and other religious organisations to lose the legal right to fire some workers on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity.

The new position was contained in a motion passed at the ACTU congress last month.

Wil Stracke, the assistant secretary at Victorian Trades Hall Council, which put forward the motion, said unions wanted the exemptions that allow religious organisations to discriminate “narrowed significantly so that they can only apply when it’s an inherent requirement of the job”.

“We recognise there are roles in some places where it’s appropriate, [such as] religious education at a Catholic school,” she said.