The Aust Services Unions has launched its pay equity test case on pressday, the ACTU has announced.
The case will be the first run under, and help define, the Fair Work Act’s equal remuneration principles and covers the 200,000-plus social and community services (SACS) workers. The ASU has said it will seek pay rises based on pay equity and work value to support retention of staff and address a chronic skills shortage in the sector by delivering substantial wage rise for the predominately female workforce – 87% of SACS workers are women. The Fed Govt has joined the case to help define the principles. The case follows a Qld one that gave the workers 27% pay rises, funded by the state govt. The feds have not agreed to fund any outcome from the FWA case.
The Equal Pay Alliance of 150 union, business and community groups was to launch the case on Thursday morning before the ASU lodged it with FWA.