What happens inside those jolly same-sex marriage-friendly companies?

Sep 9, 2017 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet:

One of the proudest boasts of Australian Marriage Equality is that it has strong support in the corporate world. At last count, 628 corporations had signed a letter supporting same-sex marriage – not just because it is fair, but because it is profitable.

Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one.

But should voters really be impressed by support from the Big End of Town? After all, if you hear a CEO bluster that workplace safety regulations are too expensive, are you impressed? If you hear a CEO argue for the abolition of a minimum wage, are you impressed? Why are the views of a CEO on marriage wiser than those of a bus driver?

In fact, CEOs are said to have higher than average divorce rates, suggesting that they might know less about marriage than bus drivers.

What corporate CEOs are good at is getting their own way. So when corporate Australia backs same-sex marriage, we can expect both gassy rhetoric about “a happy workforce” and a lot of arm-twisting. Which is more or less what Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas and the unofficial spokesman for gay marriage in corporate Australia, told a gay newspaper a couple of years ago:

“We have 580 companies involved with the [Australian Marriage Equality] ad campaign. If you’re unhappy with a company that’s involved with the campaign you won’t be able to bank and you won’t be able to fly anywhere.”

And where arms will be twisted the hardest will be inside the corporates.

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