Joe De Bruyn has had his tribute upon retirement pulled due to his ridiculous stance on gay marriage. All I can say is that it's about fuckin time he retired. His marriage views are positively prehistoric.
A tribute to long-serving union leader and retiring ACTU senior vice-president Joe de Bruyn was pulled on the final day of the labour movement’s triennial gathering because of outrage over his stance on gay marriage and his union’s approach to industrial agreements.
Based on a draft resolution obtained by The Australian, the ACTU congress would have awarded Mr de Bruyn its “meritorious service award” in recognition of his long leadership of the conservative Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association.
Other delegates had planned to stage a protest by turning their backs on the union warrior, who is known for his outspoken opposition to gay marriage and his long leadership at the SDA dating back to 1978. Some are upset the ACTU has been unable to take a more definitive stance on the issue of gay marriage, which they said was because of Mr de Bruyn’s blocking influence, while resolutions were passed on a range of other issues including the right of the Saharawi people in the Western Sahara to self-determination. more