Funding Equal Pay doesn't mean cutting services to our community's most vulnerable members!
  • Petitioned Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu

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Premier of Victoria, Australia
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu

Funding Equal Pay doesn't mean cutting services to our community's most vulnerable members!

    1. Katie D
    2. Petition by

      Katie D

      Melbourne, Australia

Australia's community services workers spend every day providing help where it's most needed -- with youth, at women's refuges and homeless shelters, for people with disabilities. Up until now, they've struggled to survive on close to the minimum wage for their vital work. 

A landmark decision has just granted them a desperately needed pay increase -- but Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu is refusing to fund the them, instead threatening cuts to front-line support services across the state.

Sign the petition now to tell Premier Baillieu to fully fund the pay increase without cutting community services supporting the state's most vulnerable.

THE FAIR WORK DECISION IN THE EQUAL PAY CASE:

Today, the Fair Work Australia full bench handed down a decision to award Social and Community Service (SACS) workers a pay increase of between 19-41 per cent in order to rectify the huge gender pay gap which sees those working in the SACS industry as some of the lowest paid in the country.

This is an historic victory for Australian women and caring professionals in particular. The decision recognises the talent, education and passionate dedication of SACS workers. Perhaps most importantly it respects the lives of those in Australian society who are vulnerable and excluded by saying that they deserve a sustainable and highly skilled workforce to support them to reach their full potential.

THE PROBLEM:

While the federal government and state and territory governments including SA, QLD, ACT and WA have all committed to funding the pay increase, whatever it takes, Premier Baillieu has not. Well… he did going into the state election. Then he back-flipped, leaving many Victorians who put faith in his promise feeling betrayed.

Unfortunately, Premier Baillieu has gone out of his way to prevent equal pay. He says that Victoria – the state that lead Australia’s recovery from the GFC - cannot afford to bridge the gender pay gap. It is for this reason that Fair Work Australia have ruled that, rather than the suggested six year phase-in period, pay increases will be phased in over eight years to allow governments such a Victoria extra time to implement the changes.

Premier Baillieu has suggested that being made to fund the gender pay gap means he will have to cut community support services to the Victorians who need them the most. He is saying that we cannot have both equal pay and an excellent community service sector, that we have to choose one or the other. What!?

As you’ve probably worked out on your own, this just isn’t the case. Victoria can afford a fairly paid SACS workforce and continue to provide support services to Victorians who need them. Not only can Victoria do this, but we have to. Fairness demands it. Moreover, funding equal pay is will strengthen services by increasing retention of skilled workers and attracting bright young minds to the SACS profession- the social workers, homelessness support workers, youth workers, refuge workers, community development workers, caseworkers and advocates of the future.

IT'S ABOUT PRIORITIES:

At its core, this is an issue about priorities. Just like most of us, Victoria doesn't have an endless pot of money. Instead, we have to think about what is most important to us and organise our spending accordingly. It is every society’s responsibility to help out their most vulnerable members, to get them back on their feet. This is what SACS workers do, and have done for decades, at a rate of pay that fails to reflect the skill of their work and the value and humanity of those whom they support.

If Premier Baillieu cares about having a fair, hopeful, inclusive Victoria, funding the equal pay increase and maintaining a strong support service sector is exactly what he needs to do!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please tell Premier Ballieu that you won’t stand for a Victoria that doesn’t take care of its most vulnerable and excluded!

You can do so by signing the petition and getting your friends to do the same!

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Baillieu Under Pressure on Equal Pay Case!

      Katie D
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition is getting noticed!

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. 40 years on and the equal pay gaps continue

      Katie D
      Petition Organizer

      It seems extraordinary that the remedying of basic wage injustice should take such a long time. These workers have obviously been grossly underpaid for ever, and now should they have to wait a further nearly nine years for their catch up?

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Historic day as gender pay gap narrows

      Katie D
      Petition Organizer

      Reminding us that Baillieu DID go into the election committing to fully fund Equal Pay

    7. STATES URGED TO GET ON BOARD FAIR PAY PLAN

      Katie D
      Petition Organizer

      Julia Gillard pushes the states to fund Equal Pay

    8. FAIR WORK AUSTRALIA'S RULING: THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PAY RISE

      Katie D
      Petition Organizer

      A lovely story about SACS workers and the importance of the Equal Pay decision

    9. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Shana Forest ANGLESEA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      As it is we are often only able to offer a band aid service because all of the wonderful workers are overworkered and under resourced already. There is very little respect and appreciation for workers in the community service sector and this is very sad.

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    • Jan Lansdowne MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I work in community services

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    • Marita Carracher KEW, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I AM SIGNING FOR FAIR PAY FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL WORKERS

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    • Dawn Adamovskis VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I am a very low paid community sector worker who has not been supported by her state government

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    • Elsie Stokie CURLEWIS, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Most CLC workers have to have uni degrees and post grad training but are paid the same rates as well paid kitchen hands -not chefs- dishwashers and waitresses- I know this is true from comparing wage rates with friends. Do you think that this is fair!

      How can you keep staff in this workplace for more than a year or two- they need to pay rent/ buy houses and support families too- those with skills are forced to leave the sector..

      My husband and I both work and our combined income is classified by govt as "low income". Our combined income is less than I would receive in the government sector - again I know this from comparing rates with people I know- and I am told by people who come from the government sector that we are working much harder.

      Is this fair?

      We advocate on behalf of community members who don't get a fair deal and for whom you as government have a duty of care. Take it seriously so that we can go on taking it seriously too.!

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