Industrial Relations and Pay Equity

Everyone should be compensated fairly for the work they do. We should all feel safe and supported in our jobs. 

Everyone should receive the same pay for the jobs that are of equal value, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, or sexuality.

Unions have played a part in delivering pay equity for many and will continue to do so. However, the next government could also roll back the valuable gains we have made in pay equity. In order to keep moving forward we need a government that will:

  • Keep fair pay agreements (FPAs)
  • Commit to settling pay equity claims that are currently under way 
  • Support employers and unions that wish to work together to sustain worker and union participation in decision making. 
  • Introduce legislation that provides for both gender and ethnic pay gap transparency
  • Improve the Equal Pay Act so that it covers discrimination based on ethnicity, disability and gender identity
  • Abolish the minimum wage exemption scheme.

If your worried about the future of FPAs or pay equity, have a conversation with your work mates to see if they are as well. Explain what's at risk in this election, and why we need to vote with the future of pay equity in mind.