Community Workers WIN (and another Punch article)!

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Equal pay announcement

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.


Punching again for equal pay

July 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I had another article in The Punch recently on the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to fund any decision in the equal pay case.

It’s available here.

‘The equal pay case will affect all our interests’

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

My article on the equal remuneration case is in The Punch today.

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.

If you’re reading this, make sure you get along to the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day at 12 noon on March 12th, 2011. We’ll be marching for “Equal Pay: Big Changes NOT Small Change!”

See you there.

Punching on

February 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have an article in The Punch coming up in the next few days. It’s on the current equal pay case before Fair Work Australia and the importance of the  ASU campaign.

Stay tuned!

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