Pay ruling a milestone for women

In the most significant women’s pay decision in nearly 40 years, the workplace tribunal has ruled that gender was a key factor in the low pay of tens of thousands of social and community workers.

But the decision by the full bench of Fair Work Australia held off in giving large pay rises, saying it wanted further submissions into how much gender had inhibited wages growth’ among the mostly female workforce of about 150,000 people, who include mental health, social and youth workers employed by non-government groups such as UnitingCare, Mission Australia and the Salvation Army — via

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