Equal Pay Day held in Lismore
MORE than 100 local community workers marched through the Lismore CBD yesterday in a wave of red and purple – angry at being ‘disrespected’, ‘underpaid’ and ‘under appreciated’.
The Action for Equal Pay Day was held at the Lismore Workers Club and was one of many protests held across the country.
Protesters wore red to represent the workers’ movement and purple to represent feminism.
Linda Lomman works in the community sector with the Northern Rivers Social Development Council and is frustrated government employees doing similar work to her are paid 30 per cent more.
“We would like to get the same as people in local government. It is frustrating because we work very hard for our people,” she said.
“It’s about time we did something about it as we know we are underpaid.”
Fellow Australian Services’ Union member, community worker and part-time teacher Donna Byer-Smith, said she earned a ‘pittance’ of $22 per hour working in the community sector.
Lismore mayor and women’s rights enthusiast Jenny Dowell said Australia still ‘has a long way to go’ in the way of gender equality.
“How can we encourage women to enter these professions if they know they can earn more working as a checkout chick?” she said.