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Social and community sector workers rewarded for hard work



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SENATOR THE HON JACINTA COLLINS PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR SCHOOL EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

MEDIA RELEASE

24 January 2013

Social and community sector workers rewarded for hard work

Employers have started receiving the Commonwealth’s share of social and community sector workers’ pay rises from the Gillard Government’s $2.8 billion Pay Equity Special Account.

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Senator Jacinta Collins, today visited the office of Commonwealth provider, Workskil, to meet with staff and management.

“Over the coming year Workskil will receive over $38,000 from the Commonwealth to top up employee wages,” Senator Collins said.

“This will make a real difference to the lives of social and community sector workers. Workers in this sector have challenging jobs, helping some of the most vulnerable in our community.”

In October 2012 the Gillard Government announced funding of $2.8 billion over the next eight years towards pay rises for the sector’s workers.

“These pay rises will total between 23 and 45 per cent,” Senator Collins said.

“In December 2012 employees received their first pay rise and eligible employers received financial support from the Commonwealth to fund these pay rises.

“Fair Work Australia’s ruling to provide pay equity was a historic achievement for women. Around 120,000 of the 150,000 workers covered by this pay equity order are women.

“This pay rise is clear recognition of the important role social and community sector workers play in caring for our friends and family.”

Senator Collins said the Commonwealth Government will continue to work with the sector and states to ensure this historic equal pay claim is implemented smoothly.

Senator Collins’ media contact: Jonathan Davies 0409 354 493

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