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Landmark ruling for pay equity

Today’s ruling by the full bench of Fair Work Australia on pay equity for social and community sector workers is a landmark in the fight for equal pay for women. This female-dominated industry is one of the lowest paid in Australia because it has been historically viewed as ‘women’s work. This has been a major reason why the gender pay gap remains at 18% despite the right to equal pay for equal work being enshrined in law decades ago. Fair Work Australia’s ruling will mean social and community sector workers will receive pay increases of between 23% and 45% over the next eight years beginning on 1 December. The pay increases will phase in at between 2.5% and 5% a year, depending on salary level.

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