Statement regarding John Setka

Posted on June 21, 2019

Joint Statement from The Services Union and Together

Our values as a union mean we strive for fairness and equality for everyone. We want our workplaces and our communities to be diverse, inclusive and free from violence, discrimination and harassment. These values inform our work every day within and beyond our workplaces.

We have worked to drive diversity, inclusion and gender equity in our industries, our workplaces, our communities and our unions.

We support Rosie Batty and her work. She has done much to bring Australia to a long overdue reckoning with the devastating consequences of family and domestic violence and the attitudes such violence stems from.

We believe that violence and abuse against women in any form is unacceptable and these attitudes have no place in our union movement.

Unions reflect our community and being a union is no guarantee that sexism, family violence, harassment, discrimination or exclusion will not be experienced or perpetrated by those who share our values. What must be different is how we act.

If our actions as union leaders can damage our unions, our movement and therefore the interests of all workers we must put the values we share first.

We support ACTU Secretary Sally McManus, in calling for John Setka to stand down.

Neil Henderson – Secretary, The Services Union

Alex Scott – Secretary, Together

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