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MEDIA RELEASE SA - Fair Work Decision16 May 2011
Historic decision on value of women’s work
The Union representing community workers says today's Fair Work decision on equal pay is a victory for working women in Australia.
"In South Australia alone, this decision will affect up to 20,000 people working in community services right across the State.The Australian Services Union took the fight to Fair Work Australia to improve the pay of the 200,000 people working in the community services sector across the country.
"Fair Work Australia, an independent body, has agreed that the work of people in the community sector has been undervalued, and part of the reason is because it is work being done largely by women."Ms Hildyard says 85% of people working in the community services sector are women.
"These hardworking South Australians do incredibly important work helping the homeless, the disadvantaged and disabled people - and they are often not earning much more than the people they are helping.
"Today's decision recognises what the Australian Services Union has been saying: that people working in this sector deserve to be better recognised and paid for their work."
"This is a great day for women and a great day for community workers. At last we have had the value of our work recognised and everyone is on notice that an increase in wages is on the way."
Ms Hildyard says there will now be more hearings, as Fair Work Australia has asked the Australian Services Union to work with them on determining what a fair rate of pay should be.
"This is the first round of the battle. Now we have to provide enough evidence to Fair Work Australia on what the right rate of pay should be and then get the State and Federal Governments to agree to fund the community sector to pay workers what they are worth.
"We'll be continuing our fight for better pay during our National Day of Action on Equal Work for Equal Pay on June the 8th.
"In Adelaide, there will be a rally at midday at the Adelaide Town Hall, and we're expecting thousands of community workers to come along and show their support for equal pay."For further information and to arrange interviews please contact Katrine Hildyard on 8363 1322 or 0418 847 865
Ph: 08 83631322
Fax: 08 83632225
Authorised and published by Katrine Hildyard, Branch Secretary & Ian Steel, Branch Assistant Secretary
Australian Services Union South Australian & Northern Territory Branch
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