Fair Work decision applauded

FAIR Work Australia's landmark decision to increase wages for community services workers has been applauded by the state government for acknowledging the sector's vital work in Queensland.

Community Services Minister Karen Struthers praised the decision which benefits social, community and disability workers throughout Queensland and the rest of the country.

"This follows in the footsteps of the historic pay equity decision made by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in 2009," Ms Struthers said.

"Queenslanders should be very proud our state has led the way in making conditions fairer for hardworking community sector staff."

Ms Struthers said the Bligh Government was committed to ensuring Queenslanders get their fair share of the Federal Government's $2 billion commitment to support wage increases.

"We acted quickly in 2009, allocating $414 million over four years to ensure Queensland non-government organisations were able to pass on a pay rise. This funding is ongoing at $125 million a year," she said.



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