Tuesday, June 1, 2010

OZ:FWO Investigating Scientology Labor Practices [archive video]

Fair Work Ombudsman Looks Into Church of Scientology Employment Practices
AU: Fair Work Ombudsman news.com.au ~ The industrial inspectorate has confirmed it is investigating the employment practices of the Church of Scientology.

Nicholas Wilson of Fair Work Ombudsman, who ensures compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws, told a Senate estimates hearing it had looked into the controversial religious group but declined to give details.

The inspectorate has subsequently interviewed Scientology members along the east coast of Australia to establish whether they are being properly compensated for their church work.

Asked by independent Senator Nick Xenophon if children were working within the organization, the Fair Work Ombudsman was annoyingly unwilling to make a firm statement. "We don't confirm or deny whether that is likely what they're doing," Mr Wilson told the Senate hearing. "As a matter of policy, the assertion that ... children are underpaid in and of itself means nothing to the investigation."

The Senate economics committee is expected to hear evidence from former Scientology members in late June. It's receiving submissions into a possible public benefits test for charitable and religious groups after Senator Xenophon moved a private senator's bill in May.

Senator Xenophon Wants You To Be AwesomeATT: Ex-Scientologists (worldwide):

But time is short. Closing date for submissions is 18 June 2010. The Committee is seeking written submissions which address, and are relevant to, the introduction of a public benefits test, from interested stakeholders.

Complete instructions on how this can be accomplished are available at WWP, OCMB and less detailed, for this particular cause, at GOV.au.

TodayTonight: Scandal Exposed Pt 1
Scientology's child labor abuses exposed in a Australian news investigation that aired Monday, July.7.08.

TodayTonight: Scandal Exposed Pt 2
Scientology's child labor abuses exposed in a Australian news investigation that aired Monday, July.7.08.

ThanX to DeliciousCake150308, WWP & OCMB

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