The HR Dept are proud to express our support for Marriage Equality.
Our company was founded by Sue Tumelty, a feminist and believer in equality and diversity for all, so much so that our company colours represent the colours of women’s liberation and in particular the colours of women’s suffrage.
Providing HR and employment law support to SME businesses in Australia, the UK and Ireland our business is all about people and productive workplaces, we firmly believe that this cannot be achieved without diversity in the workforce.
We are champions of the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.
The rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society.
An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support seeing it treat all its citizens equally.
Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.
Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain. These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.
On May 22nd, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves.
On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favour of legalising same sex marriage across all 50 states.
These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language.
Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one.
To remain competitive and to attract top talent globally organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for all.
Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.
We support the right for all our employees to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.
The HR Dept have joined 789 other businesses in Australia in expressing corporate support for marriage equality, other businesses can sign up here http://www.australianmarriageequality.org/open-letter-of-support/