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‘Pay gap widens’ in Aboriginal organisations – SBS

19 FEB 2014

Indigenous adults working for the government could be getting paid thousands of dollars less than their colleagues working in other departments, union representatives say.

The shift of public servants from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) to the Prime Minister and Cabinet has highlighted the pay gap for Indigenous workers.

But the gap is even wider in departments that deal specifically with Indigenous issues, says the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

“Our research shows, has demonstrated, that organisations that provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and have a high proportion working for them [that] tend to be the lowest paid,” said Alistair Waters at the CPSU.

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