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STOP PRESS: Pay Equity Decision Handed Down


The Industrial Relations Commission of NSW has handed down an historic decision that establishes a new wage-fixing principle on Equal Remuneration.

The decision, handed down this afternoon, follows an application by the Labor Council of NSW to modernise the wage-fixing principles to redress gender under-valuation.

Under the decision, unions will be able to argue that certain classes of work have been historically under-valued for reasons associated with gender.

"This is an historic decision that will change the way wages are set - it shifts the goalposts in favour of women workers," Mr Costa said.

"It gives trade unions the opportunity to redress gender inequality in the setting of wages and conditions.

"It was pleasing that the Commission rejected the position of the NSW Employers Federation which sought to constrain any new principle.

"The Labor Council will now call a meeting of its affiliates to develop a strategy to apply the principle to ensure the decision has a practical effect."

The case was brought on by the NSW Labor Council following the Pay Equity Inquiry handed down in 1999.


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Features
*  Interview: Turning Tides
ACTU President Sharan Burrow reflects on the disappearance of the middle class and what the union movement can do about it
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*  Unions: Fear and Loathing in Wollongong
For four days this week, too much unionism was barely enough. We bring you the highs and lows from behind the scenes and inside the bars of this week’s ACTU Congress.
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*  Politics: The Group Hug
Opposition leader Kim Beazley came, saw and conga-ed. Here's what he said to the ACTU Congress.
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*  History: Unions and Family Trees
Trade union records may not be the first port of call for a beginning family historian, but down the track a little, these records could bring to life an ancestor who previously was just a name printed on the page.
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*  International: Fiji Bans Lifted
Fiji employers are expected to start reinstating all their workers over the next week, now that Australian union bans have been lifted at the request of the local union leadership.
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*  Review: Room to Manoeuvre
Full employment with a highly skilled well-paid workforce is a realistic goal for Australia, despite the supposed constraints of globalisation.
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*  Satire: Satan Subpoenaed To Cricket Inquiry
The King Commission of Inquiry into cricket match-fixing yesterday heard evidence from Satan that he never influenced Hansie Cronje to accept bribes.
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