‘Cricket Australia’s actions are unacceptable – and proof we are still fighting for reproductive freedom’

OPINION

Having an abortion might be exhausting sufficient. The paperwork. The procedures. The ache. 

To be sacked since you imagine all ladies ought to have secure entry to it is a humiliation not solely to an employer, however the nation. 

Angela Williamson, 39, is taking Cricket Australia to the Fair Work Commission after she was dismissed from her ‘government relations role’ for participating in a marketing campaign to present Tasmanian ladies accessibility to an abortion. As it stands, ladies in Tasmania don’t have any choices for a authorized abortion after their solely clinic was closed. Not a single possibility. 

In a petition signed by over 18,000 folks (and quickly rising – see the hyperlink beneath), Williamson introduces herself as a mum with three fantastic youngsters.

“This year I was one of the first women forced to travel interstate to receive an abortion … alone and scared. I was away from my partner and kids and had to take a week off work, so the trip ended up costing me thousands,” she claims. 

On her journey residence from Melbourne, Williamson felt so keen about ending this expertise for different Tasmanian ladies that she took to her private Twitter account to voice her expertise as a “disgrace”. 

Not lengthy afterwards, she was sacked

Her now former employer Cricket Australia states: “Cricket Australia respects an individual’s right to their opinion. However, it expects that employees will refrain from making offensive comments that contravene the organisation’s social media policy.”

Offensive? 

To lose your job underneath these circumstances is puzzling, stunning and finally extraordinarily worrying, as a result of it means one factor for you and me: silence. 

It’s not solely a problem about abortion, it’s additionally about ladies being given free vary to precise their very own political opinions, to face zero penalties for becoming a member of a marketing campaign to advocate optimistic change and to really feel unthreatened to take action. 

Angela broke down discussing her expertise on The Project final night time. (Channel 10/The Project)

I’m devastated, as a result of it’s a step again for each lady who works. A step again for each lady who believes in one thing. A step again for each lady fighting for equality. 

Angela Williamson is not going to be silenced. Not then. Not now.

In March this 12 months, Cricket Australia pushed via its most controversial on-field drama because the Australian workforce was accused of ball tampering. Bowler Cameron Bancroft was suspended for 9 months whereas star gamers Steve Smith and David Warner had been stripped of their captaincy and vice-captaincy and handed one 12 months bans. 

But it seems off-field is the place the true storm brews for Cricket Australia. The organisation is a backward, archaic establishment that clearly wants reform on and off the sector.

Its pig-headed perspective in the direction of on-field sportsmanship is clearly indicative of the best way it treats its personal staff. How a sportsperson behaves on the sector says lots about how he behaves off of it. We’ve all seen it: ball hogs, beneficiant gamers, lip service… cheaters.

 In this case, Cricket Australia has cheated in opposition to its worker and each lady. It seems it is not the female-friendly establishment it might have lead us to imagine it was. 

Angela Williamson has been via probably the most traumatic experiences of her life and she needs to ensure it modifications for the ladies who come after her. Maybe our very personal daughters. That’s a trigger price supporting. Again. And once more.

The world is watching – Williamson’s story has hit the UK’s BBC and America’s New York Times. Everyone’s speaking cricket. 

Angela Williamson vs Cricket Australia.

Williamson received’t want expertise. She’s bought the entire nation – and the world – taking part in on her workforce. 

If you’d wish to signal Angela Williamson’s petition, click here.

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