MORE than 200 ACT community sector workers walked off the job today to protest against the ACT Government’s alleged refusal to “pass on equal pay increases”, a claim the Government denies.
Australian Services Union ACT Secretary Sally McManus says the previous Federal Government and every other State and Territory Government committed to funding wage increases each year.
“The ACT government is the only government in Australia that has not passed on money to thousands of front line workers in the community sector to fund their pay increases,” Ms McManus says.
“By continuing to withhold the equal pay increases, the ACT Government is choosing to do nothing about pay discrimination. Instead of giving community workers equal pay, they are giving them a pay freeze. It is insulting to hard-working community workers. These are the people providing support for the most vulnerable in our society.”
But Community Services Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr disputed the claims, saying all ACT and Commonwealth money has been passed on, and all workers not at the award rate would be “lifted to the award rate.”