Unequal pay for Australian women

This is an Australian Services Union video. It says about itself:

It’s hard to believe but on average Australian women are paid 18 per cent less than men.

The pay gap is so big that on average women have to work 66 days more a year just to earn the same income.

It’s time to pay up. Put an end to the lip service. Show you support and send a kiss to Julia Gillard now.

By Therese Moore in Australia:

Don’t pay women second-class wages
Sunday, November 28, 2010

The federal Labor government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard filed a submission to Fair Work Australia (FWA) on November18, which backed away from its year-long commitment to support the Australian Services Union (ASU) application for an Equal Remuneration Order for social and community sector and disability workers.

The government said it supported the principle of pay equity, and agreed community sector workers were underpaid, but its submission argued against granting equal pay to this historically exploited section of the workforce because of budget constraints.

This outraged the ASU, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and groups such as the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

Victorian ASU assistant secretary Lisa Darmanin said on November 23: “We knew the Equal Pay case would cost money for the Federal Government, but it is as if they have just come to the realisation on what it will all cost.

“It is time to pay women in the social and community services sector what they are worth. The federal government makes choices everyday about funding, and if it is serious about wanting to look after women in the workplace, this Equal Pay case must be a priority, not just lip service.”

Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO, said on November 19: “This wage claim before Fair Work Australia is about justice for community workers, around 85% of whom are women.

“While the Government previously recognised that paying women less for doing the same work is unjust, it seems to be making excuses for not fixing the problem.

“Yet the cost of not addressing this pay inequity will be felt in services that cannot continue because community organisations cannot attract and retain the vital staff they need. This is the price if we don’t achieve pay equity in this sector.

“ACOSS is concerned by the Commonwealth’s suggestion in its submission that funding a pay rise would likely come at the expense of other Government services.

“Community sector workers, who provide support to some of the most disadvantaged people, live on wages that will render them in need of the very services they provide in their retirement.

“We think it is unreasonable and unfair to threaten other services at the cost of paying community sector workers decent wages.

“This is an attempt by the Government to distance itself from the responsibility for funding higher wages. It fails to acknowledge the key role that Australian governments have played in the growing gap in community sector wages through routine underfunding of this important sector.”

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