February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
Today, community workers have won equal pay. They’ve won a 19-41 per cent pay increase over eight years. They’ve won something that sounds a lot like fairness.
Fair Work Australia made the decision available around 12 noon today. You can read it here.
I had a piece published about the case in the Punch recently with Fran Hayes, an activist who was instrumental in having community services acknowledged as an industry through a High Court decision in 1983. The workers got an award then but they didn’t get equal pay.
Here’s an excerpt from our article:
One hundred and fifty social and community services (SACS) workers yelled and cheered. Some seemed close to tears as they sat in an auditorium at Technology Park in the Sydney suburb of Redfern last Thursday morning…
One of the community workers in the crowd was Lisa Smajlov, a coordinator at Rozelle Neighborhood Centre. Her job is to provide opportunities for people to meet and connect in their community, and to bring them together when they are dealing with issues such as domestic violence.
I’m so happy for all those who have been campaigning for equal pay and whose work is finally being acknowledged. Congratulations.
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February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
It is not fashionable for a member of Gen Y like myself to care about equal pay for women. So the Australian Services Union equal remuneration case currently before Fair Work Australia should perhaps hold no great interest for me. Equal pay was won in 1969 and equal pay for work of equal value in 1972, long before I was born.
I am apparently of the post-feminist era, and most of my friends have been to university, perhaps even more of the women than the men. At 26, I have watched the boys I went to school with complete engineering and IT degrees and the girls finish teaching, social work or arts.
See you there.