Pay equity

What is pay equity?

Pay equity means gender doesn’t affect what people are paid. Women receive the same pay as men for doing work that may be different but is of equal value.

Is it different to employment equity?

Employment equity is about fairness at work. It means people have the same opportunities to participate fully in employment regardless of their gender.

What is gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap is a high-level indicator of the difference between women and men’s earnings. It compares the median hourly earnings of women and men in full and part-time work.

Further information about the gender pay gap:

What is a claimant?

A claimant is the person (or group of people) making a claim. They can do this on their own, or the claim can be raised on their behalf by a union.

What is a union?

Unions are membership-based organisations within workplaces that are democratically run by their members. They exist for workers to support each other so that they don’t have to face a problem, or negotiate improvements to their working conditions, on their own.

Union members elect union representatives from workplaces, and make decisions on things like how the union is run, and what to focus on when negotiating with the employer.

Unions use a variety of means to achieve their aims including:

  • industrial action (particularly collective bargaining), recruitment of new members, development of members
  • formal and informal engagement in the workplace between members (often with support from an organiser) and managers at all levels of the workplace
  • campaigning, participation in public submission processes, building alliances with other community and international organisations
  • litigation

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What is a comparator?

When talking about a pay equity claim, a comparator is a person who is doing work of a similar value, but in a role that is mostly performed by the opposite gender.

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