Congratulations to all the community organisations and workers who have campaigned so hard for equal pay. Fair Work Australia’s decision on 1 February to award pay rises of 19-41% are the result of years of hard work by our sector and are well-deserved.
But this decision is only the next step to ensuring that decent wages are fully funded by both and government and non-government funders. ACOSS is continuing to campaign for adequate funding of strong, viable community services, including decent wages for their workers.
Better wages are crucial for the sustainability of these vital sectors. The campaign is based on the three key elements of the community sector:
- Services – funding must cover the full cost of services including decent wages to ensure that this vital work is sustained.
- Workers – must be paid decent wages to ensure that the community sector can attract and retain an experienced and effective workforce.
- Clients – depend upon the experience, expertise and support provided by the social and community sector.
Pay equity can only become a reality if it is funded by those who support and fund community services.
ACOSS joined in the chorus of voices welcoming Fair Work Australia’s decision for equal pay for our vital workers. ACOSS joined the Day of Action organised by the Australian Services Union to raise awareness of the issue and maintain the pressure on commitments for funding to cover decent wages in the sector.
Photos from the Sydney Rally – Wednesday 15 December, 2011
ACOSS is continuing to lobby the Federal Government and working with the Employer Reference Group and our members to maintain the momentum in the campaign for funding.
Over 400 organisations have backed the equal pay campaign and you can too can be one of them.