Past the first hurdle in equal pay case
In a landmark equal pay decision, Fair Work Australia has recognised the pay gap between community and disability sector workers and their public sector colleagues but has delayed making a final decision on wages.
The AEU has been involved in the joint unions' case to Fair Work Australia, which is looking to obtain similar pay increases in Day Services to those awarded in Queensland in 2009, which led to pay rises of 18%–37%.
"We are past the first hurdle," said AEU Victorian branch president Mary Bluett. "The FWA has accepted that salaries in the sector are affected by the fact that it's a highly feminised workforce."
It is seeking further submissions from unions by June 10, followed by hearings. A final decision is expected later in the year.
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