In and around 2010 there was an interesting debate in Australia over an equality plan that was 6 years in the making (I had some early input on this). What made it particularly interesting was that the union ended up resisting the plan, and that after being issued it was withdrawn. Government Ministers were involved and the outcome was difficult for the equality workers in Melbourne to reconcile.
Melbourne’s equality action plan
Interview with the president of Melbourne Fire Brigades who resigned in protest
VIDEO: Bullying culture claims (ABC News)
AUDIO: Former MFB board chairman Adrian Nye explains why he quit. (ABC News)
MAP: Melbourne 3000
The former long-serving chairman of Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) says he quit the board in disgust over the entrenched culture of bullying and unionism.
Three reports by Sue Lewis for MFB 2004
Gender and Firefighting