But this poses a wee credibility problem for the EPMU. "Why would that be?" you might ask. Well, the EPMU's very own website elucidates us on what constitutes "discrimination" - here goes:
Discrimination means that the employer has not treated the worker in the same way as other workers because of the worker's:
- Religious beliefs
- Employment status
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- Ethical beliefs
- Political opinion
- Family status
- Union involvement
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you can choose to take a Personal Grievance under the ERA 2000 or take a complaint to the Human Rights Commission (except for discrimination based on your union involvement). You can't do both.If you choose to complain to the Human Rights Commission , the toll-free telephone number is 0800 496 877 within New Zealand.
Oh dear. You can't discriminate against someone on the grounds of political opinion!! And I wonder if 0800 496 877 gets you through to the call centre that Shawn Tan was the organiser of - that would be the ultimate irony! Meantime, doubtless Shawn Tan is looking very closely at how to take a Personal Grievance!