Forward with (gender pay) fairness?

Anne Junor, Suzanne Hammond, Lucy Taksa

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Arguing for a combined needs- and collective rights-based approach to equal remuneration, we analyse the pay equity implications of Australia’s new national industrial relations system under Fair Work Australia’s arbitral, mediation, monitoring and support functions. Annual safety net adjustments, periodic updating of modern awards and some access for low-paid workers to collective bargaining may prevent a widening of the gender pay gap. The provisions for equal or comparable value and Equal Remuneration Orders in the Fair Work Bill need to be backed by an Equal Remuneration principle allowing structural undervaluation in female-dominated jobs to be addressed, without recourse to evidence of direct discrimination or comparators’ pay. The House of Representatives Pay Equity Inquiry, reporting in mid 2009 after the legislative framework is complete, will need to suggest ways for FWA’s administrative arm to work with equal opportunity and skills policy bodies in resourcing workplace-level pay equity practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLabour, capital and change
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 23rd conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 4-6 February 2009
EditorsJohn Lewer, Shaun Ryan, Johanna Macneil
Place of PublicationCallaghan, N.S.W.
PublisherUniversity of Newcastle
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780980608502
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference (23rd : 2009) - Newcastle, N.S.W.
Duration: 4 Feb 20096 Feb 2009


ConferenceAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference (23rd : 2009)
CityNewcastle, N.S.W.


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