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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/13/2004

Thou shalt not have a union

Auckland, N.Z.

— A New Zealand lab is taking advantage of a little-known labour law that allows it to bar unions from its workplace on religious grounds. Maurice Clist, company director of Auckland-based Fort Richardson Laboratories, is a member of the Exclusive Brethren, a group whose beliefs preclude membership in any other organization. As an individual employer with fewer than 20 workers, and a member of a religious society, Clist was able to prevent the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union from talking to his staff.

Shall we review my severance?

Brisbane, Australia