Kath Williams: The Unions and the Fight for Equal Pay

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Appendix 1
Noteworthy decisions on pay1
1907Justice Higgins, Family Wage, Harvester Decision 2 CAR 1
1912Justice Higgins, Mildura Fruit Pickers Case 6 CAR 6l First formal acceptance of equal pay for equal work for women
1913Rural Worker’s Union Case
1917Justice Powers, Theatrical Case Judgement 11 CAR First Case in which the Arbitration Court agreed to consider a minimum wage for women in an industry
1919Clothing Trades Case 13 CAR Justice Higgins said that married and/or single women were subject to the physical limitations of their sex and suffered incidents from industrial work detrimental to the female reproductive system; and set women’s wage in the clothing trade at 54% of men’s rate.
1920By 1920, in New South Wales, State awards were for a family of four, while Federal awards covered a family of five.
1920Justice Brown, Cardboard Box Makers Case 3 S.A.I.R. 11 1919–1920
1923December. Clothing Trades Union. Justice Webb would not depart from previous awards. Women’s wages set at 55% of the male wage.

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