Together, over the last two years, we have made gains to lift minimum rates of pay in the modern award. The pay equity case won by HACSU and other union members was one of the biggest breakthroughs of the last 20 years.
We won a better standard of living. With our collective efforts, most workers are better off annually.
However, these gains only started the process of providing dignity to some of Australia’s lowest paid workers. There’s a lot more to do to ensure our wages are fair and reasonable for the professional work we do.
The equal pay case lifted the ‘minimum wage’ from a low base but disability support workers should not be reliant on the minimum. We want to bargain improvements above the minimum standards.