|Issue No 87||10 March 2001|
Pay Equity Case Up And Running
By Alison Peters
Four years ago, the PSA established a Working Group to look at the pay and classification structure for Librarians, Archivists and Library Technicians across the NSW Public Sector. The case is finally before the Commission.
The Working Group looked at developing a single award that provided better career progression for the three groups and created more realistic classifications with descriptors and classification standards.
This was then the subject of discussion and negotiation between the PSA and the Public Sector Management Office (PSMO) but hadn't progressed significantly. Immediately following the handing down of the pay equity decision on the 30th June last year the PSA utilised the Working Group's document to create the basis for an application to the Industrial Relation Commission to address pay equity for all three groups - Librarians, Library Technicians, and Archivists. This application was lodged on 22 December 2000.
The Application contains salary rates that would make classifications in the proposed Award consistent with pay rates for occupations with similar training, education and professional streams that are more traditionally male dominated.
There has been a Directions Hearing before the Full Bench of the Commission in late January and there has been a process of discussion set down over several dates leading up to the next appearance on the 27th of March. The PSA is confident that there will be an early hearing of the case which, of course, depends on the Commission's schedule.
The Librarians, Library Technicians, and Archivists will at this stage be the first pay equity case run before the Full Bench since the handing down of the principle, and can be attributed to the work of the PSA and its members who have dedicated their time in the Working Group.
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