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Greens welcome ASU Pay Equity claim
11 February 2013
The Greens have welcomed today’s announcement by the ASU that they will be pursuing Orders for a pay equity case for community sector workers employed under the Western Australians Industrial Relations system.
The comments came from Alison Xamon, Greens spokesperson for Women and Industrial Relations who has long campaigned for firm action to be taken to address the appalling pay equity gap experienced by woman workers in WA.
“WA has the worst pay equity gap in Australia,” said Ms Xamon.
“And this gap is experienced by women who work in industries which are traditionally female dominated such as the community sector.
“Last year we saw an historical win for pay equity cases in the Fair Work Commission which meant that community sector workers employed under Federal Awards were finally entitled to significant increases in pay in order to begin to address the appalling gap between men’s and women’s wages for work of equal value.
“But unfortunately, this momentous win did not flow on to community sector workers employed under State Awards.
“Traditionally it has been very difficult for unions to bring such cases under the WA Industrial Relations Act as there are no specific provisions to allow for a pay equity case to be heard.
“As a result I introduced a Private Members Bill which would have specifically introduced such provisions, the Industrial Relations (Equal Remuneration) Amendment Bill 2011, however the Liberals and the Nationals combined to defeat this Bill in the Legislative Council.
“So I look forward with keen interest to see whether there will be unanimous support for the ASU as they endeavour to have this resolved via Consent Orders.
“If it is successful then it will be an important step forward for the women workers of Western Australia.”
Hon Alison Xamon MLC
Member for the East Metropolitan Region
Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051
Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931
Phone: (08) 9272 1718
Fax: (08) 9272 1719
Portfolios: Water, Urban Bushland, Mental Health, Education, Training, Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Women, Children & Youth, Public Service, Community Services, Electoral Affairs, Consumer Protection, Vet Affairs, Volunteering