Updated: Jun 26, 2019



JUNE 26 2019

Gone are the days you clock on for your shift, work and then clock off, all for a negotiated pay-packet. For that shift, the employer had a right to demand your time, because they were paying for it. Once you clocked out, you took your work hat off and put on your 'i'm an every day Aussie hat' and all thoughts of work went out the window until your next shift.

Now we live in a time where corporations are demanding more and more of their employees’ lives, both on and off the clock. Codes of Conducts are now put in place that state, “you must not bring the organization you work for into disrepute”. The code is broad and the term ‘disrepute’ subjective and is enforced over a 24/7 timeframe.

Should you not comply, you can expect to be held to account for what you say outside the office regardless of whether what you say has anything to do with your employment or not. So too, you can be held to account for your political opinions with dire permanent life-long consequences.

For your religious views, you can expect to be publicly vilified, defamed beyond measure, have your spouses, and possibly kids threatened with the same kind of public attack because they dared to support their family member.

This current saga started with Rugby Australia, canceling the $4m contract of Israel Folau, for the offence of posting an image to his social media account, a Bible verse the claimed homosexuals would go to hell unless they repented. Under pressure from its corporate sponsor, Qantas, Rugby Australia terminated Folau, only advising Folau AFTER it had discussed with Qantas what course of action they were going to take.

Then there was Qantas, who put pressure on Rugby Australia to terminate Israel Folau's contract or else they would pull their sponsorship deal.

Mr Joyce has been criticised for using his company to promote change but he argued corporations should be vocal on social issues.

"We are vocal on gender equality issues, Indigenous issues and on LGBTI issues. That's what good businesses do. They're part of society. They help promote societal changes. They help promote what's good for our people." Promote, Mr Joyce, not dictate them. Coincidence that the particular issues that must be promoted just happen to be your own personal issues?

If you work for Qantas and the believe in the same ideals as Folau, would you ever be comfortable stating your views publicly, knowing the position of the CEO and his penchant for pulling corporate sponsorship, or would you automatically fear that voicing your beliefs will cost you your job?