Same Job Same Pay Laws to Fight Worker Inequities

  • 29 June 2023

Our current laws have loopholes that have been used by big business to devise new ways to get out of paying proper wages and entitlements. It’s simple. People working alongside each other doing the same job, should get the same pay. For example, Qantas has flight attendant on the same plane, doing the same job but being paid less than their colleagues because Qantas has gamed the system. This is just not fair.

Unfair contracts/Employee and Employee like/Sham contracting.

Over the last decade, employers have found many ways to game the system to pay workers less. Workers like delivery riders have less rights than workers had 100 years ago. If this isn’t fixed, every job could be affected. We need to update the laws to ensure all
workers have the basic rights they deserve.

Casuals, Definition of employee, Secure jobs.

So many jobs have become insecure.  Many employers have turned once reliable permanent jobs into insecure unreliable jobs. Having no job security is bad for workers, their families and the community. It is bad for the economy.

Changes to sexual harassment laws.

It’s time to end sexual harassment at work and ensure employers take responsibility.

Rights for union delegates.

This is a very simple change that restores rights taken away by Coalition Governments. Unpaid volunteers need basic support and the skills to do their job. This is good for both productivity and fairness. These are simple rights that are considered normal in countries around the world.

Safety Net.

Work and workplaces have changed. The laws have not kept up. Have a strong safety net is critical. This is simply restoring what used to be normal in Australia – a strong safety net that ensures workers are not falling behind.