BRUMBY SUPPORTS PAY JUSTICE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS

BRUMBY SUPPORTS PAY JUSTICE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS

Posted on 21. Jun, 2010 in News

In a major boost for pay justice, the Premier, John Brumby, today announced the Victorian Government will back Fair Work Australia’s decision on the pay claim for social workers and community service workers employed in the community sector.

Social and community service workers employed by community groups such as Wesley, Yooralla, Melbourne City Mission and Scope, currently are not paid at the same rate as their counterparts directly employed by the Victorian Government.

In March this year, community sector workers lodged an application for an Equal Remuneration order, with the case to be dealt with by a Full Bench of Fair Work Australia.

“Today I am proud to announce that a re-elected Labor Government will back Fair Work Australia’s decision on this pay claim,” Mr Brumby said.

“We will factor in any wage increases to our service agreements with community services organisations and ensure those wage increases are passed on to workers.

“This emotionally taxing labour – often performed by women – is critical to the fabric of our community.  And the value of this labour is not always reflected in the pay they receive.

“In partnership with the community sector, we will work over time to provide the level of funding the sector needs to pay its invaluable workers, and get on with the job of caring for the most vulnerable people in our State.

“It’s a commitment that will impact on our budget – but it is what we believe in. We believe in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”

The hearings will take place in September and October. Budget capacity exists in the forward estimates and once Fair Work Australia has made its determination, it will be fully costed and factored in to Labor’s Financial Statement for the 2010 State Election.

Mr Brumby also announced that a re-elected Labor Government would continue our historic investment to A Fairer Victoria, to support the most vulnerable Victorians.

“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.

“Since we instituted A Fairer Victoria in 2005, our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable Victorians has run into billions of dollars.

“With an uncertain global economy, I firmly believe it is crucial that we continue our commitment to A Fairer Victoria.”

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