CommBank defends ‘Yes’ flyer

A NUMBER of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) employees have received flyers from the company’s internal group Unity,

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Same-sex marriage poster allegedly sent out by Commonwealth Bank to staff

A NUMBER of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) employees have received flyers from the company’s internal group Unity, encouraging them to support same-sex marriage by voting Yes in the postal plebecite.

The poster bears the slogan “Say Yes with Unity” and contains information about how to send back the survey and the date it has to be mailed by.

An anonymous source told news.com.au that the poster was not well received by some staff members with a number of people upset at being subjected to same-sex marriage politics in the workplace.

“A number of staff were not happy about being bombarded at work about the SSM vote. It has nothing to do with banking,” the source alleged.

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This is the flyer that was allegedly sent out to numerous Commonwealth Bank branches. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Unity is CBA’s internal LGBTI community and allies network and has groups established in every Australian state, along with New York, London, Hong Kong and Auckland.

The CBA website states that Unity was established to “help create and maintain an inclusive workplace for LGBTIQ staff free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.”

According to a Commonwealth Bank spokesperson, the Unity network only distributed the flyers to its council and core team, made up of approximately twenty people.

The information was reportedly sent out as part of a campaign to let recipients know that they could use the company’s internal mail system to post back their survey response, but also brought attention to the fact that everyone has a right to vote however they wish.

“The Bank has throughout emphasised that everyone’s say is important, and encouraged employees to vote, regardless of their position on marriage equality,” the spokesperson said.

The Commonwealth Bank has been open about the company’s stance on the marriage equality vote, being listed on the Australian Marriage Equality website as one of the 816 corporations that support same-sex marriage.

The bank came in as one of Australia’s top 10 employers at the 2017 Australian Workplace Equity Index awards, with Unity winning best network for a second year in a row.

In a statement, CBA said that they continue to encourage diversity in the workforce and aim to help all their staff feel accepted and appreciated.

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Commonwealth Bank says it has encouraged staff to have their say in the same-sex marriage survey regardless of how they choose to vote. Source: Supplied

“Our goal is to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where individuals can be themselves and are respected, supported and valued, regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or religious beliefs,” the statement read.

“Since 2012, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) has been included in the Group diversity strategy to ensure our LGBTI people feel accepted, valued and respected in our workplace. Through this work, we have come to better understand the nature and depth of feeling around recognition of marriage equality for all partnerships.”

This comes just one week after Westpac was forced to apologise after sending out a pro-marriage equality email containing deceptive information about LGBTI suicide rates.

They came under fire for a company wide email sent out by the bank’s Youth Network that stated that a Yes vote was a “no brainer” and “would prevent 3000 suicides per year”.

It turned out this information was incorrect and the company received heavy criticism, with Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton telling Westpac to “stick to your knitting” and saying that banks and other companies shouldn’t be “telling us how to live our lives”.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported a total of 2886 people died from intentional self harm in Australia in 2016, there was no indication as to what the motives were for these suicides or if sexual orientation or gender identity was a factor.

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