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Pay Equity Case - NSW Government dogs it29 April 2011
The new NSW state government has changed their position on supporting our historic Pay Equity Case to get wage justice for disability and community services workers. The former Labor Government supported the application and lastnight the new Liberal Government has dogged it and withdrawn their support.
Under the heading "NSW squibs on promise to close pay gap for community workers", Sean Nichols wrote the following article in the Sydney Morning Herald (29 April 2011):
NSW has dramatically reversed its position on a landmark national pay case for tens of thousands of low-paid social and community services workers, mostly women. The O'Farrell government argues it could cost $1 billion and lead to service cuts and higher taxes.
Unions are seeking a national pay rise of up to 30 per cent to bring the workers into line with the pay rates of their counterparts in the government sector. The case is viewed as an equal-pay case for women as they represent 87 per cent of community and disability sector workers.
Read the full NSW Government submission:
Don't forget, Pay Equity support rallies are being organised around the country on Wednesday 8 June 2011. More details will follow shortly.
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