The CPSU exists to advocate for the rights of our members. We believe every member deserves dignity and respect, both in the workplace and in society. Nobody should be treated as lesser under the law because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.
Our union has a long and proud history of advocating for equality and opposing discrimination. Many of our members have told us they believe this is an issue of fairness and the political fight has gone on for far too long. This is why we are proud supporters of marriage equality.
We believe that LGBTIQA+ rights should be dealt with by the Parliament and not be subject to a public vote at all, however, if this postal vote goes ahead we will be encouraging our members to vote ‘Yes’ in this ballot.
It’s important we all do what we can to keep the campaign respectful in our workplaces and look out for each other at work. We recognise that this debate will be difficult for our LGBTIQA+ members and our members who have an LGBTIQA+ sibling, child, parent, workmate or friend. This can be particularly distressing for some young people and others facing multiple disadvantage. The next few weeks and months are likely to be tough for many of our members, who've demonstrated incredible resilience in this long fight. We encourage you to do all you need to keep yourself safe, healthy and we will support you.
We also know that this campaign will take a particular toll on our LGBTIQA+ members working in agencies directly involved with the postal plebiscite, such as ABS and AEC. We're talking with our members and their agencies about how they support you, their workers.
For those worried about sharing their views, marriage equality is an important community issue and APS workers have the right as Australian citizens to comment and engage around the issue on social media. You also have the right to talk with your co-workers about social and political issues on breaks at work.
Our advice to our members at AEC or ABS is that while you should avoid criticism of your agency’s capacity to carry out the plebiscite, or of the Minister or Prime Minister in making that decision, you are entirely free to comment and express your opinion on the marriage equality issue itself.
Know your rights
If you are concerned or want to know more about your rights and responsibilities regarding social media and sharing your views on marriage equality, please see the updated CPSU advice on social media comment here.
Remember that union members can also get help on any workplace issues that arise from our member service centre on 1300 137 636.