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Equal pay rally (and anarcho stall)

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 11:00pm to Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 1:00am

A number of us are going along to this rally, and will have an anarcho stall there. You should come too! Sydney Town Hall, 12pm, Wednesday 15th December 2010.



Pay Up! No more lip service to equal pay

Pay Up - No More Lip Service to Equal Pay is a campaign of the Australian Services Union (ASU). The ASU is the union of Community Sector Workers.

Community Sector workers are undervalued and underpaid and not properly respected. Their work has traditionally been seen as "women's work" and their wages have been restricted as a result.

In 2010, Unions led by the ASU and supported by the ACTU and the Federal Government are lodging a test case in Fair Work Australia using the new Equal Remuneration Laws embedded in the Fair Work Act. The case will impact the working lives of about 200,000 community workers.

The Community Sector is largely reliant on Government funding to run its essential services and to pay the wages of the workers. Winning the case will prove that these workers are undervalued - but, the case outcome alone will not correct the injustice. Workers need the Government to fund the outcome of the case to make Equal Pay a reality. ASU members and supporters will campaign for the funding and we invite you to get and stay involved by visiting the following sites.

This case is set to make history.

On 18 November 2010, the Commonwealth Government made its submission to Fair Work Australia about the ASU's Equal Pay case.

The ASU has a number of serious concerns about the Commonwealth's submission.

We continue to negotiate with the Commonwealth about our concerns and are making some progress. Other employer groups are opposing our claim - all of which shows the opposition that can surface against equal pay. We cannot be complacent - we must campaign continuously about equal pay and so the ASU organised rallies on 10 June 2010 and have again organised rallies on 15 December 2010.

We urge all supporters, members and employers in the sector to attend.