God takes a back seat in church

first_img Previous Article Next Article God takes a back seat in churchOn 27 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Bosses around the country are often accused of playing God, but when youremployer really is a divine power subjects such as unfair dismissal and jobsecurity tend go unheard. But the nation’s clergy could soon receive a range of new employment rightsafter the Church of England published recommendations to change the currentworking relationship. The proposed changes may offer greater job security, access to employmenttribunals, redundancy payments and better holidays. However, trade union Amicus which represents 2,000 church staff, said theclergy would still not have the same rights as other employees as they workwithout contracts. Traditionally the clergy have been exempt from employmentrights because they are deemed office holders not employees, and as such areworking for God rather than any earthly organisation. Chris Ball, clergy and church workers secretary at Amicus said he would belobbying the DTI for even greater rights. “Ministers of the church have been floating in an insecure limbo of zerolegal protection, where they could be disposed of without remedy orrecourse,” he said. “This is good news but it’s not good enough.There is really no reason why this situation should be tolerated by the clergyany longer. The Government has to act to include ministers from allfaiths.” last_img read more