Equal Work – Equal Pay – Unions rally in Melbourne, 10 June 2010

Linda White speaking

Linda White, ACTU Vice-President and ASU Assistant National Secretary

The Australian Services Union, backed by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the union movement, and in conjunction with the Health Services Union,the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union, Australian Workers’ Union and Australian Education Union, this week lodged submissions with Fair Work Australia in support of a landmark claim for pay equity for the traditionally female-dominated service industries. On Thursday 10 June, rallies were held around the country in support of the campaign.

The action in Melbourne began with a rally at Federation Square, addressed by Brian Parkinson, ASU Branch Secretary, followed by Linda White (above), Lloyd Williams, State Secretary of the Health Services Union, and others, including long-time ASU member Joy Stevens, who pointed out amongst other things that job satisfaction doesn’t pay off a mortgage …

After the speeches there was a noisy march through the CBD to Parliament House, made all the louder by the whistles handed out by the bucketful at the start of the rally. Slogan of the day was “We’re here today for equal pay!”, but there were others, as can be heard on the accompanying video:

There are reports of the rally on Melbourne Indymedia and the Trades Hall website. See also http://www.payup.org.au/ and http://www.asuvic.asn.au/680831.html

Some more photos from the rally and march:

Banner from Anglicare

HACSU blue balloons

HACSU distributed blue balloons

Marching up Bourke Streetg

The march in Bourke Street

Placard - $ac$ $uck$

Protesters lined up at Parliament House

The front line at Parliament House