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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

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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 Cruse Most 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 Cruse Residents 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.

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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?”

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