Every single worker should get appropriately paid for the work they do, but it doesn’t always happen that way.
Sometimes it takes workers standing up, supported by their union, to get the work they do correctly classified, so they get all the pay they should be getting.
Recently early childhood educators at a Tasmanian Council believed their roles needed to be reclassified to match the essential work they do each day. Some of these workers were even being paid below the minimum wage rates in the child care award.
With the support of their experienced ASU Organiser, this group of early childhood educators banded together and won the argument for reclassification. This win has improved the pay for more than 20 workers, recognising them for the critically important role in the education of little ones in their communities.
They aren’t only getting paid correctly now; some of these workers also received back pay, with some equating to more than $30,000 each.
If you believe you are being underpaid at work, speak with your ASU organiser or contact the ASU Member Contact Centre on 1300 855 570 or at firstname.lastname@example.org