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Greens call for community sector pay equity

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 19 Nov 2010

The Australian Greens have expressed disappointment with the Government's approach to much needed pay increases in the community services sector after they backed down on a union test case on pay equity for sector workers.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Community Services spokesperson says workers in community services have been under paid for decades.

"The community sector provides essential services to society, services such as aged care, emergency relief, homelessness and mental health support," Senator Siewert said.

"The Government's approach on the pay equity care is entirely unacceptable.

"The Government relies on the community sector to deliver the support that the Government itself should be delivering.

"There must be action from the Government to ensure that appropriate wages are paid for these essential services .

"Pay equity in the community services sector will obviously require expenditure. Services and unions alike are aware of the fact that this would require a phasing in period.

"It is not acceptable for the Government to expect the community sector to find the money for this from their own pockets.

"They must be given the financial support by Government they deserve," Senator Siewert concluded.

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