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/

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3 days ago

ASUVicTas

We’re off the the Fair Work Commission tomorrow to stop Ballarat Council from standing down workers. These outdoor workers can continue to be usefully employed and the City of Ballarat is way out of line. We won’t put up with members being treated like this. It’s time the City of Ballarat was kind to its own workers and stopped the planned stand-downs. ... See MoreSee Less

We’re off the the Fair Work Commission tomorrow to stop Ballarat Council  from standing down workers. These outdoor workers can continue to be usefully employed and the City of Ballarat is way out of line. We won’t put up with members being treated like this. It’s time the City of Ballarat was kind to its own workers and stopped the planned stand-downs.

 

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In Solidarity 💪

That's bullshit. They work outside away from people ffs. Disgraceful.

Thank you unions for standing by your workers

The dopey mayor wants to ban people from melb entering ballarat . I don't know what planet he is on

Good to know! This is so unfair of the BCC

Solidarity from Tassie!! ✊✊✊

In solidarity ✊

Solidarity....well done....

Standing with you from WA!

Well done!

✊✊

Good luck its disgusting

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4 days ago

ASUVicTas

Some good news amongst the hard stuff right now! A bunch of ASU members at Ermha, including Virginia & Julie below, have signed up for Coastrek – a team trekking challenge to raise funds to support mental health in Australia. All going well they will be walking a long way on Friday 22 May! As workers supporting people experiencing mental health conditions, they’re going an extra mile to support programs and services that make a difference in people’s lives.
To help support their efforts to make a difference to mental health in Australia and sponsor their trek go to: www.coastrek.com.au/fundraisers/ermha2

Go team Ermha! We love the ASU pride in these pics!
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Some good news amongst the hard stuff right now! A bunch of ASU members at Ermha, including Virginia & Julie below, have signed up for Coastrek – a team trekking challenge to raise funds to support mental health in Australia. All going well they will be walking a long way on Friday 22 May! As workers supporting people experiencing mental health conditions, they’re going an extra mile to support programs and services that make a difference in people’s lives.
To help support their efforts to make a difference to mental health in Australia and sponsor their trek go to: https://www.coastrek.com.au/fundraisers/ermha2
Go team Ermha! We love the ASU pride in these pics!

 

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All money we raise goes to beyondblue. Thanks everyone for your support.

Solidarity comrades....well done...

Love it! When times get tough, ASU members jump in and do their bit!

4 days ago

ASUVicTas

The ASU seconds this message from We Are Union Women

We encourage members feeling this pressure between work and family responsibilities to reach out for advice. Don't make a decision with lasting impact on your livelihood, without knowing what your other options might be!COVID19 and women’s rights at work #1.

Women are increasingly feeling pressured by demands to work from home during a time when schools are also closed as ordered by the state. We have been hearing stories in which employers are expecting the same work to be delivered as usual DURING A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC!

We have been speaking to women workers who tell us they are feeling pressured to quit or take unpaid leave in order to care for children who now must be at home. Do not take these options, call your union for advice!
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The ASU seconds this message from We Are Union Women 
We encourage members feeling this pressure between work and family responsibilities to reach out for advice. Dont make a decision with lasting impact on your livelihood, without knowing what your other options might be!

 

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Make the men stay home,, 19secs for conception is not good enough