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The ASU's Equal Pay Case is the most important case for the rights of women in the last 20 years.

We need the support of all ASU members to give women the equal pay they been denied up to now.

This case is about justice and equal rights. With your help we'll win.

Equal Pay - No Delay!

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Equal Pay resources

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From 1 December 2012 all NSW and ACT SACS workers will receive their first ASU Equal Pay increase. This is the first of eight Equal Pay increases coming to workers because of the ASU's successful Equal Pay case and campaign. The case and campaign has resulted in wage increase of well over between 23% – 45% over the next eight years. 

ASU members won Equal Pay – now it’s time to celebrate!

Download the below resources to help you, your colleagues and your workplace take part in “WHAT I DID FOR EQUAL PAY”. And don’t forget to send us a photo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - If you'd like hard copies of these materials - let us know - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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Locking in funds for historic equal pay rises

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The Gillard Government will introduce legislation tomorrow to ensure its $2.8 billion contribution to equal pay increases for social and community sector (SACS) workers is secure now and into the future.

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Action needed for Equal Pay funding

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As the 1st of December draws closer (this is when you will receive your first Equal Pay wage increase!), we are no closer to understanding how the NSW government intends to fund the Equal Pay increases Fair Work Australia has determined you deserve.

We need you to take action!

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Equal Pay Info sessions & last chance for reclassifications appeals

Industry appeals have now closed. If you are concerned about your classification you can contact the ASU on (02) 9310 4000

  • Do you want to know more about classifications and implementing Equal Pay? Attend your local information session
  • The last week to lodge applications for reclassification appeals

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YOUR EQUAL PAY WAGE INCREASES AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (2)

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On 22 June Fair Work Australia issued their final decision on our Equal Pay case. This decision sets out how and when SACS workers will receive their wage increases.

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FWA Rules: Equal Pay - No Delay

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On Friday 22nd June  FWA  made its final ruling in our Equal Pay case. ASU members have been victorious in ensuring that there will be no delay in NSW SACS workers receiving their Equal Pay increases this year. On 1 December this year all NSW SACS workers will be receiving your first Equal Pay wage increase.

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Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Lismore, Wollongong rally against NSW Government

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ASU memberss held several actions today in resposne to the NSW governemnt opposing our Equal Pay claim. These were all at very short notice – the turnout and response has been really fantastic!

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Around 40 members invaded the Liberal MPs office. He addressed them safely behind his perplex saying hysterically, “It’s a Union beat up!”. This is a great action for Newcastle and Sue’s first.

Blue Mts

Around 40 members outside the Liberal office. The Liberal came and addressed them all filmed and recorded by us and the local media. Our members took control of this – well done to our fantastic activists! The Liberal could not answer whether they supported workers getting the increases on 1 Dec this year.

Wollongong

This was meant to be a media conference only and 60 turned up! This was also supported by the NTEU, MUA, PSA, AW

U and Teachers Fed. Members also marched.

Lismore

About 75 people attended outside the National Party office. Lots of dancing and casting of spells. The local Nat was smart enough to make himself disappear before the members did it for him!

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O’Farrell's equal pay submission a slap in the face for social and community workers

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The O’Farrell Government and big business have turned their backs on the workers who support some of NSW’s most vulnerable people, the Australian Services Union said today.

 The O’Farrell Government today provided submissions to Fair Work Australia arguing against giving community and social care workers equal pay increases for up to six years.

 ASU Secretary Sally McManus said the submissions are a disgraceful attempt to rob the 30,000 low-paid social and community service workers across the state of their right to equal pay.

 “These equal pay increases are a crucial step forward in closing the 18 per cent pay gap between men and women. By refusing to support equal pay, he’s robbing the people who can least afford it,” Ms McManus said.

 “What the O’Farrell Government has done is get a team of lawyers to dig through and try to find any tiny, measly loophole they can to try to get the government out of providing workers with what they deserve.

 “Fact is, there’s absolutely no reason why the NSW Government shouldn’t be providing social and community workers in NSW with equal pay rises as Fair Work Australia suggested in February.

 The O’Farrell Government’s submission, as well as submissions from other employers, argue for the equal pay rises to be delayed by up to six years.

 “The Commonwealth Government is committed to providing equal pay – why is Barry O’Farrell so intent on denying workers that right?

 “Not only has the Premier of NSW broken an election commitment, but he’s telling community and social care workers that he doesn’t believe they deserve equal pay. Our workers are furious, and they’ve got every right to be.

 Community and social care workers rallied outside State MP offices across the state yesterday in protest of the government’s attempt to delay equal pay. 

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O’Farrell equal pay submission a slap in the face for social and community workers

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The O’Farrell Government and big business have turned their backs on the workers who support some of NSW’s most vulnerable people, the Australian Services Union said today.

 The O’Farrell Government today provided submissions to Fair Work Australia arguing against giving community and social care workers equal pay increases for up to six years.

 ASU Secretary Sally McManus said the submissions are a disgraceful attempt to rob the 30,000 low-paid social and community service workers across the state of their right to equal pay.

 “These equal pay increases are a crucial step forward in closing the 18 per cent pay gap between men and women. By refusing to support equal pay, he’s robbing the people who can least afford it,” Ms McManus said.

 “What the O’Farrell Government has done is get a team of lawyers to dig through and try to find any tiny, measly loophole they can to try to get the government out of providing workers with what they deserve.

 “Fact is, there’s absolutely no reason why the NSW Government shouldn’t be providing social and community workers in NSW with equal pay rises as Fair Work Australia suggested in February.

 The O’Farrell Government’s submission, as well as submissions from other employers, argue for the equal pay rises to be delayed by up to six years.

 “The Commonwealth Government is committed to providing equal pay – why is Barry O’Farrell so intent on denying workers that right?

 “Not only has the Premier of NSW broken an election commitment, but he’s telling community and social care workers that he doesn’t believe they deserve equal pay. Our workers are furious, and they’ve got every right to be.

Community and social care workers rallied outside State MP offices across the state yesterday in protest of the government’s attempt to delay equal pay. 

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O’Farrell moves to cut equal pay

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NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has moved to try to strip social and community sector workers of their hard fought equal pay increases, the Australian Services Union has revealed today.

Fair Work Australia ruled in February that workers in the sector should be given long overdue pay increases to address the gender-based undervaluation of the community services sector.

However Australian Services Union NSW Secretary, Sally McManus, said the NSW Government and other employers representing big business, have moved to renege on the equal pay increases by delaying them for up to six years.

Ms McManus said the move is a real slap in the face for the 30,000 low-paid social and community service workers across the state.

“These workers fought long and hard for the right to equal pay. For the Premier to turn his back on them is an absolute disgrace,” Ms McManus said.

“We simply won’t accept this. We’ll be doing everything in our power to make sure workers get the equal pay they deserve.

“The O’Farrell government accepted the court decision on equal pay, but now it seems he’s willing to pretend it never happened.”

Among the workers to be affected by the government’s decision are disability support workers, workers in homeless shelters, as well as workers in other not-for-profit organisations.

“The Commonwealth Government supports providing workers in the sector with equal pay. They know it’s a vital move in addressing the inequalities in gender pay.

“This move by the NSW Premier is as low as it gets. It feels like the clocks have been turned back decades. It’s shameful.

“It seems Barry O’Farrell cares more about keeping big business on side than he does about the workers in his state - workers doing absolutely vital work in our communities.

“These equal pay increases are a crucial step forward in closing the 18 per cent pay gap between men and women. This decision shows that the Premier obviously isn’t very concerned about that gap at all.”

Workers will hold rallies outside State MP offices in Newcastle, Blue Mountains and Lismore today (5th June) in protest of the cut to equal pay. Details here. 

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Make sure you are classified under the Modern Award by July 1

Industry appeals have now closed. If you are concerned about your classification you can contact the ASU on (02) 9310 4000

 

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Making our way to Equal Pay 

Make sure you are classified under the Modern Award by July 1

What to do when disputes arise…

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A brief history of the Equal Pay campaign

ASU members campaigned, marched and danced for Equal Pay over three years: here are some highlights.