In 2012 ASU members won pay rises of between 23% and 45% after a long-fought campaign to address low wages in the community sector. The campaign supported the union’s other efforts running an Equal Pay case at the Fair Work Commission.

The Fair Work Commission ordered that the Equal Pay increases on our Award wages were to be phased in over eight years – with the final instalment due in December 2020.

These increases were won because of a campaign fought by ASU members.

The Fair Work Commission agreed with the ASU that:

  1. the vast majority of workers in our industry are women;
  2. the nature of the work (“care work”) has traditionally been undervalued as it has been viewed as “women’s work”; and
  3. therefore, our sector wages needed to be lifted to recognise this. We argued that our wages should be on par with public sector jobs that are similar to ours.

We won the argument in the Fair Work Commission and we also won billions of dollars in state and federal government funding to cover the costs of these wage increases.

It was a historic victory for all workers in our sector – thanks to union members.

 

 

WHAT DOES EQUAL PAY MEAN FOR YOU?

Twice every year since 2012 our minimum rates of pay have increased.

The July increase is  due to the Annual Wage Review, and the December increase is because of our Equal Pay win.

Members are currently better-off by between $112 and $575 each week because of the Equal Pay campaign and decision.

Here’s how Equal Pay has made a difference to two ASU member’s weekly pay.

EQUAL PAY UNDER THREAT

When ASU members won Equal Pay, state and federal governments set aside special funds to cover our new higher rates of pay. This guaranteed funding until 2020.

The increases awarded by the Fair Work Commission in our Equal Pay case are the legal minimum rates of pay.

By law, you cannot be paid less.

Now it’s clear that many federal government departments have not budgeted to lift program funding beyond December 2020. This reverses all the gains of the last 8 years.

The ASU has written to the Federal Government to check in on their ongoing commitment to equal pay

The Morrison Government has now confirmed that it plans to cut equal pay funding from commonwealth funded programs after December this year. You can download the letter from the Department of Social Services here.

We know how budget cycles work, and the reliance of the sector on secure government funding. And our members want sustainable quality jobs.

If Equal Pay is not funded, jobs and services will be under threat.

We fought to win Equal Pay, we will fight to protect it!

Check your funding – Department of Social Services Grants Service Directory:
https://serviceproviders.dss.gov.au/

HOW TO HELP SAVE JOBS AND SERVICES

Join the campaign to Save Equal Pay

1. Join the ASU

It was only when workers joined together in 2012 that we won Equal Pay. We can do it again by standing together! Join us to save Equal Pay. www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

2. Pass a resolution in your workplace

Pass a resolution in your workplace committing to be part of the campaign.

3. Take action in your local community

Take action in your local community in support of the campaign to save services, save jobs and save Equal Pay!

4. Come along to a Save Equal Pay campaign meeting

Campaign meetings are held monthly – contact the ASU office to find out when the next one is happening, and get involved in planning the campaign.

5. Ask your employer to sign a statement of support.

See link in the downloadables section below – we’re asking employers to stand with workers to save jobs and services.

6. Take a selfie with our sign “What does Equal Pay mean to you?”

Take a selfie with our sign “What does Equal Pay mean to you?” and send it in – so we can keep spreading the word on social media. Check out the ASU Facebook page for these pics and supporters from across the sector.

7. Download materials at the links below.

Share them at your workplace and across your community sector networks!

If you want more information or to set up a meeting at your workplace contact
ASU Member Contact Centre | 1300 855 570 | info@asuvictas.com.au

Stay in touch with the ASU and check out campaign activities at https://www.facebook.com/ASUVicTas/

TO HELP YOU CAMPAIGN:

Statements of Support – Employers, Peaks and Allies

The ASU office, ASU delegates and members have been contacting employers and others to seek their support to Save Equal Pay and sign a pledge.

By pledging to support the campaign signatories agree to give the union access to the workplace/s to provide campaign information to staff, support union members’ participation of in campaign activities and

advocate in support of this campaign. The pledge template is downloadable below if you’d like to follow up at your workplace. If you’d like a hand with that just contact the union office or your organiser.

Check here to see who has signed up to show their support for Equal Pay funding

ACWA
Aust Association of Psychologists Inc
Bethany Family Services
Cobaw Community Health
Consumer Action Law Centre
COTA Victoria
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)
Domestic Violence Victoria
ermha365
Family Access Network
Financial Counselling Victoria
Housing for the Aged Action Group
Jesuit Social Services
Launch Housing
Melbourne Legacy
Mentis Assist
Mission Australia
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Sacred Heart Mission
South East Community Links
Thorne Harbour Health
Upper Murray Family Care
Windana Drug & Alcohol Recovery Ltd.
WIRE
Women’s Health North
Women’s Health West

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1 day ago

ASUVicTas

Sophia works with young people in the corrections and youth justice systems at Jesuit Social Services.

Sophia's message is pretty simple, "as an ASU member for the past 14 years I am proud to be union and proud to wear the mask. Stay safe!"

If you work in social and community services like Sophia, we've got sector-specific Covid-19 information here www.asuvictas.com.au/covid-19/community-sector/

And if you aren't yet a member of the Australian Services Union, you can join here www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
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Sophia works with young people in the corrections and youth justice systems at Jesuit Social Services.
Sophias message is pretty simple, as an ASU member for the past 14 years I am proud to be union and proud to wear the mask. Stay safe!
If you work in social and community services like Sophia, weve got sector-specific Covid-19 information here www.asuvictas.com.au/covid-19/community-sector/
And if you arent yet a member of the Australian Services Union, you can join here https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

Comment on Facebook Sophia works with ...

I love one these mask

Thank you Sophia 👏👏👏

Thanks Sophia

2 days ago

ASUVicTas

Unbelievably, City of Casey has stood-down more School Crossing Supervisors than there are people in this photo.

250 of the lowest-paid workers at Council, stood-down without pay

And the worst part? The Victorian Government gives Casey money for these worker's wages, and that money hasn't been cut.

So Casey is profiting at the expense of 250 of its lowest-paid employees
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Unbelievably, City of Casey has stood-down more School Crossing Supervisors than there are people in this photo.
250 of the lowest-paid workers at Council, stood-down without pay
And the worst part? The Victorian Government gives Casey money for these workers wages, and that money hasnt been cut.
So Casey is profiting at the expense of 250 of its lowest-paid employees

Comment on Facebook Unbelievably, City ...

Point is it’s not an ‘industry’ it’s a council service in which the wages have already been budgeted for. Jobseeker or council wages it’s all taxpayers money in the end ! What will the City of Casey spend those staffs budgeted wages on now ? We as taxpayers and ratepayers have a right to know !

Sack the council , the crossing supervisors are there to keep our children safe . The council is on the wrong path.

Surprising, I thought they only just finished spending money on a new set of Offices? I would have thought the right thing to do would be to honour their commitments.

Shameful! Are other councils doing this

Do the right thing by your workers Council!

Shameful City of Casey ..

If they are getting funding then they should keep them employed

I always thought they are volunteers?! Aren't they?

Shameful.

Shame!

This SUCKS big time.

Wrong!!!!!

😢

Shame

Disgraceful

Dorothy Underwood

Arse holes

You mean because there is no work and schools are shut atm? Im confused why they would still be working atm? People are being stood down in every industry. Casey is in a hotspot! Or is this seperare to covid??

Disgusting!!!

Scumbags

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