Sky City worker speaks out on Bible
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 6:12p.m.
By Jane Luscombe
Sky City bosses have brought forward a disciplinary meeting with one of their workers amid an unholy row over a Bible.
Tuni Parata fears she'll lose her job for breaking uniform rules by carrying a pocket Bible, but the Unite Union is hoping Sky City will back down.
To Ms Parata the little book was her lifeline, but to Sky City, carrying it was a disciplinary matter.
The softly spoken worker doesn't go in for Bible-bashing or preaching to Sky customers. She's so shy, she brought her pastor along when she met 3 News.
The only thing she did wrong at work was tuck the bible out of sight in her pocket.
“I suppose we all grab hold of something,” she says. “I take hold of the Bible, the word of God and it helps me through.”
But Sky City said that wasn't good enough.
Staff can't carry personal items, including wallets and phones, in case they "interfere with their full engagement with customers".
Ms Parata has worked in the Sky Tower ever since it opened 16 years ago, and was allowed to carry the Bible until last year, when she says new management changed the rules.
How carrying a Bible would interfere with her job wasn't made clear.
“I've caused an offence to management, which I hadn't set out to do. But it's really something - it's what I believe.”
Her union believes the rule is unreasonable.
“I don't think workers should be put in the situation of breaking rules and fearing those consequences when the rules themselves shouldn't be there,” says Unite national director Mike Treen.
Sky City says it regrets how the incident has played out in the media and has brought forward a disciplinary meeting, which will be held tomorrow.
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21/07/2012 3:34:42 p.m.
SHAME ON YOU SKYCITY Management. Your management NEEDS THE BIBLE more than that lady.
11/07/2012 9:34:28 p.m.
I'm sorry but what a load of rubbish, her carrying a "tiny" bible can be likened to wearing a pounamu, crucifix or crystal are they going to start "dictating" what Jewellery can be worn too? That woman has given 16 years service to them and this is how they repay her!
19/06/2012 9:58:13 p.m.
What would be the situation if it was the Koran that was carried?I wonder how management would handle that.
19/06/2012 7:05:27 p.m.
As a previous co-worker of Tuni at SkyCity I can say that I had seen her read the bible in her break in the tower break room but she never tried reading anyone any passage. I had never seen her read it during work. She is the kindest lady you could ever meet.
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