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‘Sack de Bruyn’
An online group has called for the sacking of Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) national secretary Joe de Bruyn for not listening to his membership in publicly opposing gay marriage.
The Facebook group Sack Joe de Bruyn NOW has the support of more than 440 members. It was set up by Jay Allen, who is not a member of the SDA but claims the union is wielding undue influence over Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
“I am pretty sure [Gillard] does believe in marriage equality,” Allen told the Star Observer. “I thought, the only way she will change her stance is not if we put pressure on her, but if we remove the power broker who controls her.”
A motion to oppose same-sex marriage was put forward and passed at the SDA Queensland branch’s quarterly meeting in February.
De Bruyn has repeatedly voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, telling the ABC in June that a change to Labor’s current position would lose seats for the party, especially in Queensland.
Some members of the SDA have spoken out against their union leader’s opposition and 83 members signed a petition against the union’s stance in February.
SDA shop steward Duncan Hart said the union has never properly canvassed the views of all its members to take such a firm position.
A 2010 Galaxy Poll showed 62 percent of Australians surveyed support same-sex marriage.