Protesters march through Lismore's CBD rallying for equal pay for community workers.
Protesters march through Lismore's CBD rallying for equal pay for community workers. Cathy Adams

Equal pay protest overtakes CBD

HUNDREDS of protesters sporting red and purple attire marched through the Lismore CBD this morning, rallying for equal pay.

The Australian Services Union (ASU) headed the march, which called for an increase in pay for community workers to be on par with government staff.

People carried huge red flags and donned creative costumes as they marched through the streets.

ASU North Coast organiser Punita Boardman said it was not fair community workers were paid less than people who stacked shelves at Woolworths.

“We have to fight for equal pay and we are not going to stop until the fight is won,” she said.

Ms Boardman said community workers were getting paid up to 20 per cent less than their government-employed counter-parts.

A public service sector employee said she considered community staff her co-workers.

She said they worked harder than employees from the public sector but were paid less.



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