The Queensland Dental Assistants' Equal Remuneration case: Advancing gender pay equity at state level?

Whitehouse, Gillian and Rooney, Tricia (2007) The Queensland Dental Assistants' Equal Remuneration case: Advancing gender pay equity at state level?. Labour and Industry, 18 2: 85-104.

Author Whitehouse, Gillian
Rooney, Tricia
Title The Queensland Dental Assistants' Equal Remuneration case: Advancing gender pay equity at state level?
Journal name Labour and Industry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1030-1763
Publication date 2007-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 85
End page 104
Total pages 20
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher RMIT Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Abstract One of the concerns for the pursuit of gender pay equity in Australia, following the implementation of WorkChoices in March 2006 and the commitment by both major political parties to a 'unified' national system of private-sector industrial relations, is loss of the momentum recently achieved through the development and application of state-level Equal Remuneration Principles. In this article we use the Dental Assistants' Equal Remuneration case, heard before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in 2005, to examine the efficacy of this type of approach, based on the use of an Equal Remuneration Principle, in identifying gender-based undervaluation and translating findings ofinequity into wage increases. The case illustrates a capacity to address structural gender-bias in the wages system in a way that would be inconsistent with a model such as WorkChoices, which prioritises decentralised wage bargaining and rejects broad notions of comparative wage justice. It also illustrates a developing capacity to engage with the difficult processes of assessing and redressing gender-bias in the valuation of 'women's' work. Although there is much still to be achieved in this area, sidelining emerging expertise and experience under a nationally based system can only impede the pursuit of gender pay equity.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Paper in special issue on: Gender Pay Equity. Eveline, Joan and Todd, Patricia (eds)

 
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