THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
TURNBULL GOVERNMENT EXACERBATES GENDER PAY GAP
Reports that the gender pay gap will remain entrenched for another 50 years are of concern to Labor, and the Government’s employment policies will only exacerbate the inequity.
Elizabeth Lyons, Workplace Gender Equality Agency director, commented that “Australia is 50 years away from closing the pay gap”.
To make matters worse, the Minister for Employment and Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash has thrown her full support behind cutting Sunday penalty rates, which has been proven to have a disproportionate impact on women.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that women are more likely than men to work on Sundays with 57 per cent of the Sunday retail workforce being women, along with 51.9 per cent of the Sunday accommodation and food services workforce.
In addition, the Turnbull Government has repeatedly failed to support pay increases for workers on the minimum wage.
Labor will continue to fight to protect penalty rates for Australian workers. We will continue to fight for gender equity, and to reduce the gender pay gap.
The Turnbull Government is presiding over an economy in which inequality is at a 75 year high. Company profits have risen 40 per cent over the last year, yet wages are declining in real terms. Serious action needs to be taken.
At a time when wages are declining in real terms, there could not be a worse time to cut the wages of up to 700,000 Australian workers, which will significantly affect women.
Labor is the party and the guardian of workers and equality.
Labor introduced Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme, and invested $3 billion to increase wages in the female dominated social and community sector.
THURSDAY, 27 JULY 2017