This plea from a reader who can’t afford to be identified:
I work in a very PC not-quite-government-department. I’ve been working here for nearly 6 years, and my annual appraisal is about to come up.
One of the things that has come up each year is my reading and understanding of the Treaty as it relates to work.
So far, I’ve managed to evade this subject by just saying “I respect all cultures, and I believe we should all be treated equally”.
(Which is true, by the way.)
Last year, I was told in no uncertain terms that that was not going to be sufficient this year, and I’d have to actually read some of our policies regarding the “Treaty”.
Well, I don’t want to.
I don’t believe in the version of the Treaty that is being shoved down our throats. And quite frankly, I’m also sick and tired of being made out to be the “bad guy” because I’m white.
I’m pretty sure that my contract would have mentioned something about the Treaty. But can I get out of it? Can I say it goes against my “religious” or “cultural” beliefs”?
(Pretty sure that would only work if I was brown.)
I did read very briefly a recent statement which said “we realise Maori don’t have the same access to healthcare as others”. A quick poll at my clinic resulted in blank stares, and “What the hells?”
If you or anyone knows how I might be able to challenge this requirement, I’d love to hear from them.
Keep up the good work.
(NAME WITHHELD FOR FEAR OF LOSING JOB)
It’s disgraceful if people who work for the government must parrot the government’s lies in order to keep their jobs.
Would anyone else like to share their experiences of Treaty harassment?
And can our reader legally object to kowtowing to the Treatifarian agenda on religious, cultural or perhaps ethical grounds — on the basis that “I was brought up to tell the truth”?