Search

Results are in: More than 70per cent think employees should be able to wear religious clothing at work

PUBLISHED: 10:52 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 21 March 2017

Women wearing a crucifix.Picture PA

Women wearing a crucifix.Picture PA

PA Archive/PA Images

We asked readers to share their views on the EU ruling about religious symbols and clothing at work.

Most residents are against the decision to ban religious clothing and symbols. Picture Ellena CruseMost residents are against the decision to ban religious clothing and symbols. Picture Ellena Cruse

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that religious clothing and symbols, including Islamic headscarves, Christian crucifixes and Jewish Kippahs could be banned but only as part of a general policy barring all political symbols.

Nearly three quarters of respondents were against the decision, feeling that workers should be able to wear religious apparel to work.

While 27per cent agreed with the ECJ and through it was ok to ask all staff not to wear items related to religion.

One respondent added that “as long as it is applied to everybody it would be nice not to be saturated with personal beliefs in a public setting”.

Residents told us about an EU court ruling banning religious symbols.Picture Ellena CruseResidents told us about an EU court ruling banning religious symbols.Picture Ellena Cruse

Judges at the court said the ruling was not discriminatory because it could only be adopted as part of a blanket ban across all religions and did not target any one particular faith, but did Redbridge agree?

In our poll 70pc of participants felt that the judgement was discriminatory.

One resident, who took the poll added that the ruling was “penalising people who have faith and gives less value to those who believe”.

They also added that under the conditions it would be ok to wear and ‘x’ necklace to work but not a cross and the judgement left a lot open to the interpretation of employees.

Pie chart threePie chart three

In our final question we asked if banning religious jewellery and clothing would lead to tensions in Redbridge.

Almost 75pc thought that it could lead to pockets of bad feeling with one resident saying “we need policies to unite us not divide, there is already enough of that out there”.

Just over a quarter of participants said the policy would not lead to tensions and a voter called in to say: “If it applies to everyone then what is the fuss about?”

Related articles

2 comments

  • This is primarily about one religion and the women of that religion who are hidden or hide themselves(It casts a poor light on the males of a religion who feel the need to hide their women). Because we now live in a Politically Correct culture, you cannot single out a particular sex or religion or race for criticism and as a result i this case every religion pays the price.

    Report this comment

    resident

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • If workers are allowed to wear religious headwear then religious jewellery should also be allowed...I have seen parking wardens and police in the Ilford area who wear headwear due to their religious beliefs and see no problem with that.

    Report this comment

    Getty

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest Ilford News Stories

07:00

Have you ever wandered down your local high street and realised you visit, or know of, less than half the shops in the area?

Yesterday, 18:30

A women’s group broke bread with homeless guests observing Ramadan at a hostel.

Yesterday, 17:52

Sikhs in Ilford handed out free cool drinks to shoppers in the summer heat as part of a traditional celebration this weekend.

Yesterday, 16:49

A joyful celebration of the arts saw students from across Redbridge battle it out to prove they had the gift of the gab.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now