One of our loyal HACSU members sent this in this week, and it's worth sharing!
"Thanks for the latest pay rise which was won by the unions to address the inherent inequality in disability support work which should be reflected on your payslips this week.
The Equal Remuneration Order was won when unions, including HACSU, put a case to Fair Work Australia to show that the value of similarly skilled work was valued differently, depending on whether the work was performed in a historically male or female dominated industry.
Fair Work found there were indeed biases in community and disability support workers’ perceived value which were largely the result of women’s labour being dismissed as trivial by the lawmakers of the day, and addressed this generations long injustice by awarding worker’s in the community and disability support sectors with wage rises of between 23 – 45%, depending on your classification, above and beyond any other pay rises which would be applied through annual CPI wage rise decisions.
These increases have been applied to our wages every year since then and are set to be fully implemented as of this year.
So, when you get paid this week, have a look at what you earned, then remove about a third, as that is what you would be earning today if the union hadn’t taken this fight to achieve pay justice on behalf of all workers in this sector.
This is not a pay rise granted by employers, or the government, or some naturally occurring justice from beyond.
This long overdue pay equity was won by unions, and the unions are the members who join together to address issues of inequality.
If you’re a member, thank you for being part of the team who made this possible. You are legends.
If you’re yet to join, now is as good a time as any to show your support and thanks to the people who earned you an extra third of your wage.
A third that you deserve."