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Equal remuneration case - Statement

2 February 2012

On Wednesday 1 February 2012, Fair Work Australia handed down its historic decision on the Australian Service Union’s application for an equal remuneration order in the social and community services industry.

The decision grants pay increases to workers in the sector of between 18 and 41 per cent in nine equal instalments over the period 1 December 2012 to 1 December 2020 with an additional loading, totalling 4 per cent, to be introduced in nine equal instalments over the same period.

These increases will be in addition to the modern award wages as varied from time in the annual wage reviews.

The case began almost two years ago.

The NSW Government supports the principle of equal remuneration for men and women workers for work of equal or comparable value. The NSW Government will bear its share of the responsibility for ensuring that yesterday’s decision is successfully implemented.

The NSW Government strongly values the work undertaken by our partners in the social and community services sector workforce.

Appropriate remuneration is an important factor in building the capacity of the non-government disability workforce as part of our objectives under Stronger Together 2.

The NSW Government will seek to work with the Australian Government to ensure it meets its full obligations in the implementation of this important decision.

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