Fair Work Australia's landmark decision to increase community sector pay from 19 – 41 per cent is a fantastic win for the sector, but will Mr Baillieu deliver his end of the deal?
"The Baillieu government made an election commitment to fully fund the outcomes of the Equal Pay case. But when I stood up in the Parliament last year and called on the Minister to make these funds available, she replied that the commitment was now capped to $50 million per year, ending in 4 years,"* said Colleen Hartland, Greens spokesperson on Women's Affairs.
"The budget has been capped prior to knowing what's needed to fund the remuneration order. And the Baillieu government funding timeline is four years, despite an eight year phase-in period identified by FWA".
"I know the sector well having worked for the Western Region Health Centre in the older persons high-rise program. The pay inequality and financial hardship for workers was all around me. I became an active member of the Australian Services Union (ASU)".
"This decision will greatly boost the sector and attract and retain skilled and experienced workers".
Victorian Greens IR spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik said today that the state government must now revise its budget forecasts to ensure that all community sector workers receive the pay increases according the the Fair Work decision. "The Baillieu Government must now hold up its end of the deal to make this great leap in equality for women, a reality".
For comment: Sue Pennicuik 9530 8399
* Parliament speech transcript & minister's response: http://mps.vic.greens.org.au/content/fund-equal-pay