THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY AGENCY REPORT ON THE GENDER PAY GAP
Today’s report from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has good news and bad news.
It’s welcome to a see a slight improvement in the overall gender pay gap, and that more employers are analysing gender pay gap data.
But it is completely unacceptable that the average full-time working man still gets paid $26,500 more than a full-time working woman.
It is just not good enough.
Alarmingly, the gender pay gap in female dominated industries (that are already some of the lowest paid jobs) is actually getting worse.
Instead of taking measures to identify and fix the gender pay gap, Turnbull and his Liberals have made matters worse by:
- Throwing their full support behind cuts to penalty rates, which disproportionately impact women.
- Arguing against increasing the minimum wage for award-reliant employees – who are also mainly women.
For 20 years, there has been no real progress reducing gender pay inequity in Australia. The gender pay gap isn’t going to close itself.
Earlier this year, a Federal Government agency told Parliament that Australia is 50 years away from closing the pay gap.
A recent Senate Inquiry, led by Labor Senator Jenny McAllister, found Australia needs a national policy framework to achieve gender pay equity.
The Liberals have no plan to reduce pay inequity.
Labor is committed to tackling inequality wherever we see it.
Only Labor will restore penalty rates and make sure our workplace relations system has appropriate power to fix the gender pay gap and ensure women are able to participate in the workforce on equal terms with men.
FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2017