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Uproar over firm's 'no Indians' ad

Aug 29 2012 12:48 Fin24

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Cape Town - The world's media was abuzz on Wednesday over a racist job advertisement a contractor of Australia's second-largest supermarket chain Coles published on the Gumtree website.

The ad, which was posted on Sunday, bars Indians or Asians from applying. It read: "Store requires no Indians or Asians please. Must speak English (sic)".

The ad was looking for cleaners for a supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre in Hobart, according to reports on CNN, BBCNews, in the Indian media and local Australian news websites.

The ad also triggered outrage on social media sites, with people calling for a boycott of the store.

According to local Australian newspaper The Mercury, the ad was later removed from the site.

BBCNews reported on Wednesday that a Coles spokesperson admitted the ad was posted by a contract company responsible for cleaning its Rosny store.

"The ad was placed without Coles' knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents," spokesperson Jim Cooper said.

Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks was quoted as saying that she wanted to track down the cleaning contractor to pursue possible legal action.

"It's unlawful to blanket preclude a person because of their race," she said.

She said both the company offering the position and the publisher of the advert could be subject to legal action.

"Gumtree is probably in breach (of the law) as well because the act says you can't publish or display... material that is discriminatory," The Economic Times in India quoted Banks as saying.


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