Fair Work Australia has issued a split decision (4:1) granting significant pay increases to workers covered by the social and community services sector Modern Award. VP Watson was the dissenter and would not have awarded anything!
The increases range from 19%-41% depending on the MODERN award classification level plus an additional total or aggregate 4% loading. All increases are to be phased in over 9 equal instalments from 1 December 2012 to 1 December 2020.
The decision goes a long way to providing an ongoing remedy for for all workers in the sector who for decades have endured a largely gender based pay differential compared to fellow workers in the public sector.
The decision can be found at: http://www.fwa.gov.au/decisionssigned/html/2012fwafb1000.htm