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News Media Releases WA Gender pay gap: Widest, getting worse
WA Gender pay gap: Widest, getting worse
Friday, 09 March 2012 10:34

Marking International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, UnionsWA today released new research that highlights the growing gender wage gap in WA.

Simone McGurk, Secretary UnionsWA said:

“On average women in WA earn $23,000 a year less than men. 

“This is far greater than the gap nationally, where women earn $13,000 a year less.

“Worse still, the gap in WA is getting wider.

“For women to be earning so much less is not good for workplaces, or for relationships between women and men in the home and community.

“To bridge this gap, we need to do more, especially in WA.

“Employers need to improve their recruitment practices, particularly for women who want to work in non-traditional occupations such as those in the mining industry.

“Our industrial relations system also has a role. 

“The Fair Work Act has been shown to have worked with the recent success by the Australian Services Union in the pay equity case. 

“That case means that those in community service work will no longer be poorly paid because this is work traditionally undertaken by women.

“The introduction by the Federal Government of a paid maternity leave scheme is another example of practical measure to address the gender wage gap.

“We also need to do more to make work more secure. Casual and after-hours work loading have a role, but security of work and flexible arrangements for work are a better way to go, especially for women.”


ABS Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2011 (6302.0), Table 13EAverage Weekly Earnings, Western Australia (Dollars) - Original

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