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News News Thousands rally nationwide for equal pay
The Australian Service Union (ASU) has held a very successful national day of action with thousands of people coming together around Australia to call for better pay for people working in the community sector. The vast majority of workers in the sector are women. Across Australian women earn on average 18% less than men but in WA that gap is even wider with women earning an average 27% less than men.
Rallies took place in 17 locations across the country, including an event at Parliament House in Perth, as part of the national day of action for equal pay. It is the biggest Australia-wide rally since the 1970s to fight for equal pay for women.
In Perth, ASU members gathered on the steps of Parliament House and presented two giant sized petitions calling for 'Equal Pay for Equal Work'. The rally was attended by a number of ALP and Greens members of Parliament and candidates as well as by representatives from a variety of WA unions.

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Photos: ASU members in Perth, the giant petitions on the steps of Perth's Parliament House, the Communications, Electrical & Plumbing Union supporting the event with UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk.

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