New Aussie alliance for Equal Pay

An alliance of 135 organisations was launched in Australia on 1 September (Equal Pay Day) with the aim of ending pay inequality. ACTU President Sharan Burrow said “Many Australians believe women won equal pay in the 1970s – but they are wrong. Women still earn 17% less than men or $1 million less over a lifetime.”

On average it takes Australian women 14 months to earn the same amount that men earn in 12 months. Equal Pay Day commemorates the day when women’s earnings “catch up.”

“Our labour market and social structures continue to discriminate against women in employment,” said Burrow. “A critical lack of childcare options and inflexible work practices is stopping them from successfully combining work and caring responsibilities.”

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