Anniversary of ASU victory


Today, February 1 marks the six year anniversary of the day the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to provide historic pay increases for workers in the social, community and disability sector to close the pay gap. We encourage ASU members to remember and celebrate this hard won decision by remembering that this victory was only won by our determined and sustained collective action, and to also think about and discuss the other challenges facing the sector.

On 1 February 2012 social, community and disability services workers won long awaited pay rises in the historic decision by Fair Work Australia in the ASU's Equal Pay Case. The case, which began in March 2010, was initiated by the ASU to address the gender-based undervaluation of the community services sector and deliver pay increases that recognised the work undertaken. It was the culmination of years of research, preparation and ultimately, the commitment of union members in the sector to fight for equal pay.

The decision recommended pay rises be phased in over a period of eight  to mitigate their impact and ensure they were deliverable. The increases will continue to come your way on 1 December each year, finishing up in 2020. These increases are in addition to minimum wage increases that are awarded on 1 July each year.

Whilst the Equal Pay Case was a significant victory which should not be understated (it was the first equal pay case victory for any sector in 30 years), there is still much more work to be done.

This year ASU members hope to finally achieve portable long service leave for ASU members in both Victoria and Tasmania, another long and hard fought battle that members have been waging. If you can offer up your story of long, but unrewarded service in community services to support this campaign, please get in touch today!

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