Vic­tory for em­ploy­ees

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STACEY KIRK

Women will be able to file com­plaints over pay equal­ity with their em­ploy­ers, rather than the courts, fol­low­ing a Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to back the rec­om­men­da­tions of an ex­pert panel.

It has been de­scribed as a ‘‘land­mark’’ win by unions, which have ap­plauded the de­ci­sion.

The an­nounce­ment was made by se­nior min­is­ters, who con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment had agreed to prin­ci­ples that would pro­vide guid­ance to both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees in how to as­sess and re­solve claims.

It also laid out a process for bar­gain­ing, to ad­dress pay equity in the work­force.

The Gov­ern­ment set up a work­ing group more than a year ago, to ad­dress the pay gap be­tween men and women.

It de­liv­ered its rec­om­men­da­tions to Cab­i­net ear­lier this year, and the Gov­ern­ment has agreed to all 21 rec­om­men­da­tions.

That in­cluded one to com­pare roles be­tween males and fe­males, as part of the as­sess­ment to dis­cover whether gen­der-based pay dis­crim­i­na­tion was at play.

Labour Leader An­drew Lit­tle says the de­ci­sion is a re­sult of Kris­tine Bartlett and her union E tu¯.

Last year Bartlett fronted a case against Ter­raNova, on pay rates in the aged care sec­tor.

CRAIG SIMCOX/FAIRFAX ME­DIA

Kris­tine Bartlett took on her em­ployer to ad­dress his­toric dis­crim­i­na­tion in her in­dus­try.

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