In great news for anyone working in community jobs and social-work jobs in Melbourne and Victoria, (and for anyone looking for a community job who wants a decent wage!), the Brumby Government used the ALP state conference in Melbourne on the weekend to announce it’s support for “Pay Justice” for those working in community jobs and social-work jobs in Melbourne and Victoria.
A report in The Age calculated that the commitment “could mean an extra $1900 a year on average for 26,000 social workers and community service workers, many of them women.”
The announcement follows an application lodged in March by community sector workers and unions at the Fair Work Australia tribunal for equal pay for community sector workers, most of whom are women.
The Brumby government’s decision is to back Fair Work Australia’s decision in the case, and to commit $50 million in extra funding for community organisations like Wesley Mission, Yooralla, Melbourne City Mission and Scope.
“A strong economy is not an end in itself. Our Government is determined to fairly share the proceeds of our strong economy,” Mr Brumby said.
The support was matched by the opposition Liberal party, meaning it will take effect whoever wins the state election in November.
Congratulations to all those who marched for pay equity in Melbourne earlier in the month, and to the unions and other community organisations that have run and supported the pay equity campaign!