Upcoming Workshops and Symposia

  • Documenting the struggle: The National Pay Equity Coalition 1988-2010
    12th Dec 2016 Room 5070, Level 5, Abercrombie Building (H70)


    This talk arises from the collaboration between the Chambers Research Collection at Burren Street and activists from the National Pay Equity Coalition in a project to conserve the archives of this very significant group in the fight for women’s wage equality. The talk will reflect on the history of the Coalition and the issues involved in preserving the records.


    Dr Meredith Burgmann is a long time feminist and political activist. She was a Politics academic at Macquarie University for 18 years and President of the Academics’ Union. Then she was a Labor MP and President of the NSW Legislative Council. Later she was elected President of ACFID – the peak body for Australia’s Aid Agencies. She has co-founded Emily’s List, the National Pay Equity Coalition and the Annual Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks and has written or edited three books on environmentalism, misogyny and secret police.

    Fran Hayes graduated from the University of Sydney in 1976. Since that time she has worked as a community worker, a trade union official and organiser, a union educator and in State Government policy roles related to equal employment opportunity and all aspects of women’s lives. She set up her consultancy, Fran Hayes Workplace Solutions in 1996, after the Howard Government abolished the Trade Union Training Authority (TUTA) where she was working at the time. She offers a diverse range of services to clients in the union movement and to large and small community organisations, public sector bodies and private sector businesses. Fran recalls holding the first meeting of the National Pay Equity Coalition (NPEC) in her home when she was eight months pregnant with her daughter, who recently turned 28. Since the gradual fading away of NPEC, Fran has channelled her feminist activism into the Coalition for Women’s Refuges and the SEARCH Foundation’s Feminist Network.

    Anne Junor has worked as a public school teacher, NSW Teachers Federation Research Officer, unpaid carer and academic. She was a member of NPEC in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her academic roles span casual, part-time, full-time work and honorary appointments; she has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Industrial Relations Research Centre at UNSW since 2010. She has been involved in 3 ARC Linkage projects — on precarious education work, on identifying skills in ‘low-skilled’ work and on the future of Australian aircraft maintenance (with Sarah Gregson and others). She was part of a Discovery Project that resulted in a book comparing neoliberal public sector management in Australia and the UK, and is currently part of a UTS-based team working on an Office for Learning and Teaching grant to study the implementation of the Scholarly Teaching fellow initiative (a measure designed to mitigate university casualization). Anne was privileged to work under the oversight of Philippa Hall in an independent NZ Department of Labour-funded project to develop a taxonomy of under codified service skills. She subsequently worked with various teams applying this job analysis technique in independent projects funded by the then EOWA (2011), the UNSW Department of Finance and Operations (2012-13), a large NGO (2014), and United Voice (2016). She used the taxonomy as an expert witness in the SACS Equal Remuneration application and was member of the Standards Australia working group led by Philippa Hall to develop the Australian Gender Inclusive Job Evaluation Standard. Anne is currently Editor in Chief of The Economic and Labour Relations Review.


    RSVP to business.researchnetworks@sydney.edu.au by 9 December 2016.

    Light lunch will be served so please advise of any dietary requirements.