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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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*  Interview: Working Woman
Cheryl Kernot on women in the workplace, Labor's male culture and where Meg went wrong.
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*  Activists: Honouring Our Heroes
Anna Stewart changed the lives of Australian working families by helping women achieve balance between the competing demands of work and family.
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*  Women: The Future is Female
Julia Gillard outlines the campaign to increase female representation within the Australian Labor Party.
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*  Unions: Sweatshops Ė Beyond 2001
FairWear convenor Debbie Carstens looks over a unique partnership between churches and unions to end exploitation in the textile industry.
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*  Politics: The Battle for Bennelong
Many trade unionists are working to kick John Howard out of office. But only one woman has a chance of kicking him out of his own seat. Meet Nicole Campbell.
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*  International: Border Skirmishes
Alana Kerr travelled to Thailand to observe first hand the battle to organise Burmese women workers in exile.
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*  History: Inside the Ladies Lounge
The McDonald sisters run Trades Hall, and have for over half a century. The building canít speak about what has gone on in that time, but Lorna and Elaine probably know it all.
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*  Satire: Taliban to Put One Nation Last
The Parliamentary fate of Pauline Hansonís One Nation party was further obscured today as key fellow right-wing extremists moved to distance themselves from the controversial Queensland politician and the group she founded and leads.
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*  Review: Seven Steps to Slavation
Jenny Macklin details the seven barriers that stand between women and a better working life.
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»  Telstra Called on Part-Time Work
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»  ACTU Pushes for Reasonable Hours
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»  Ruddock Faces Legal Action Over Working Visas
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»  National Textiles Revisited: More Workers Dumped
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»  New on the Menu: Home Delivery AWAs
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»  Pay Equity Case Up And Running
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»  Child Care OH&S 'a Time Bomb'
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»  New Precedent for Workers with Print Disabilities
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»  Australian Shippers Promote Slavery
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»  Ambos Tried Without a Jury
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»  Unions Cautious Over New Insurance Deal
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»  Fears Over Future of Unfair Contracts
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»  APESMA Launches Professional Womenís Network Directory
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»  Womenís Gateway Launched
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»  EMILY's List Raises Flag for Women Candidates
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»  Web Pioneer Goes Global
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»  Public Education Day on March 15
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»  Activists Notebook
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Columns
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Viva La Shane!
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»  Still the Same
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»  Sydney Council Tip of Iceberg
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»  New Battle Grounds
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»  Patricks Footnote
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»  The Ripple Effect
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