New blog project: F Collection

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Activists in the Pay Up campaign Lisa, Leah and Amanda

I’m involved with F, the inner Sydney Feminist collective. Recently, along with a few other members, I dreamed up the idea of a blog project: highlighting a different feminist or women’s organisation, campaign or leader every week for 2012.

We got off the ground today and you can find the first post, about the ASU campaign win, here.

An excerpt:

By Megan Clement-Couzner 

The Australian Services Union has been leading the charge on a multi-union campaign to change the way that community work is valued. They’ve recently had a major win in Australia’s industrial court, Fair Work Australia (FWA), and with the Federal Government, who have agreed to fund their share of the cost of the case.

On the 1st of February, Fair Work Australia released their decision to award pay increases of 19-41 per cent to the sector.

Check out the Equal Remuneration Case at the FWA site.

So why is this important for women? Well, it’s important for everyone. But the fact is that eighty seven percent of community workers are women, and women and children are the major beneficiaries of community services.

The union activists and officials have been running the nation-wide ‘pay up’ campaign since 2010, which claims that work in the industry is low paid because it is a female-dominated sector with a history of volunteerism.

Check out the Pay Up site site.

Their application to FWA argued that the work done in the sector deserved a pay increase to bring community workers – disability carers, refuge workers, community campaigners and advocates – into line with the wages of public sector employees doing similar work.

Nowhere was the campaign more active than in Sydney, where there has been workplace organising, meetings with politicians, postcards to PM Gillard, equal pay pledges and rallies, and even dancing in the street.

If you’re reading this and would like to see your organisation featured, please do get in touch. My details are here.

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