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The Real Stories behind Paying for Pay Equity

by PeakCare on 21st September 2011

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At the start of this week, PeakCare Queensland wrote to our Member Agencies seeking to find out the “real stories behind paying for pay equity” so that we can properly represent these stories in our advocacy on their behalf and on behalf of the children, young people and families who are entitled to receive high quality services.

Amidst the confusion of facts and figures being contended with by organisations as they have been attempting to examine the implications of recent decisions made about the delivery of pay equity to our sector employees, PeakCare was keen to ensure that the actual hardships and dilemmas being caused to many of our Member Agencies and the children, young people and families who are the recipients of their services, were being accurately conveyed and made known to governments, the media and the general public.

Organisations were invited to email or tell us:

  • the real stories of small community-based organisations facing the heart-breaking struggle of determining whether or not it is viable for them to continue their services
  • the real stories of larger organisations faced with making decisions about which services to reduce or close down
  • the real stories of people considering the prospect of finding themselves without a job
  • the real stories of local communities, volunteers and fund-raisers dealing with the prospect of further fund-raising after having had to deal with the impact of the global financial crisis and a season of natural disasters, and
  • very importantly, the real stories of children, young people and families likely to experience the services they have been accessing services withdrawn from them.

Many of the stories we have been told are distressing. Many have been about the dilemmas caused to organisations that have campaigned strongly for, and remain committed to, pay equity whilst dealing with the realities of its implementation. With the permission of those who have come forward, we will be re-counting these stories as comments to this post.

Pleasingly, many organisations that have not been impacted by the recent pay equity decisions have also clearly stated their desire to support other organisations – smaller ones in particular – that have already been or may continue to be adversely affected. These organisations are to be applauded for their sense of loyalty and commitment to the broader community service sector.

As PeakCare Queensland continues to play our part in representing the interests of our Member Agencies during the advocacy and liaison we undertake with QCOSS, other peak bodies and governments in dealing with the unquestionable rights of our sector employees to pay equity and the need for full-Government funding, your “real stories” remain important.

You may wish to add comments to this post that tells a “real story” from the perspective of your organisation’s experience or continue to email or phone Vanessa Walker, the PeakCare project officer who is collecting and collating these stories.

PeakCare Queensland respects that organisations will have a range of viewpoints and opinions about matters that are contentious and we view the capacity of our sector for engaging in honest, open and respectful debate as a strength.

My sincere thanks are extended to those organisations and individuals who have already contacted Vanessa (Phone 3368 1050; Email and I encourage others to come forward to tell their stories too.

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director – Peakcare Queensland