Equal pay protest march in Lismore
MORE than 100 local community workers marched through the Lismore CBD today in a wave of red and purple, feeling ‘disrespected’, ‘underpaid’ and ‘underappreciated.’
The Action for Equal Pay Day was held at the Lismore Workers Club and was one of many protests held across the country where protestors donned red clothing to represent the workers movement and purple attire - the traditional colour of feminism.
Frustrated community workers were hoping to attain the same pay as government and council employees who did similar work to them, community worker for the Northern Rivers Social Development Council Linda Lomman said.
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard made an historic deal with the Australian Services Union (ASU) last year, agreeing to support community sector workers in an equal pay test case with Fair Work Australia.