Social workers launch pay claim

  • 16/11/2015

Social workers have launched an historic case seeking equal pay for work they say has been underpaid for years.

The Public Service Association, the union for social workers, filed an equal pay claim today alleging social workers at Child, Youth and Family do not receive equal pay on the basis of gender.

The case, filed under the Equal Pay Act 1972, seeks a determination of what the mostly-female workforce should be paid.

"This is a monumental step to get equal pay for social workers, who have been underpaid for years," said the union's national secretary Erin Polaczuk.

"Social workers have a huge responsibility for the welfare of vulnerable children, but the workforce do not receive the pay they would if staff were predominantly men."

Ms Polaczuk said she was hopeful the government's working group will deliver equal pay for social workers, meaning the union will not need to pursue this case through the courts.