Advance in pay equality
NEW requirements for employers to report on the complete remuneration packages of male and female employees is a ‘‘ practical breakthrough’’ on the path to equal opportunity for women in the workplace, unions say.
ACTU president Ged Kearney says the new reforms, outlined in the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill introduced in Federal Parliament last month, will force employers to do more than ‘‘ pay lip service’’ to equal opportunity.
Remuneration packages can include special monetary payments on top of salary, such as bonuses or commissions, or non-monetary rewards, such as a car or mobile phone.
‘‘ These reforms, which will enforce minimum standards and performance benchmarks for gender equality in the workplace, will make it harder for employers to hide from their responsibilities,’’ Kearney says.
‘‘ Employers have had three decades to get their act together but have failed to do it and these reforms will pull them into line.
‘‘ There is no reason for women to be paid less than men for doing the same or equal work, there is no reason to shut them out of opportunities for promotion and there is no justification for continued discrimination, yet it goes on each day in workplaces around Australia.’’