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PWDA Alert
  Friday 14 February 2014
Dear ,
As we informed you a couple of weeks ago, advocacy work is increasing around the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT). This is used in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to reduce the wages of thousands of workers with disability

PWDA is supporting the work of the Association of Employees with Disability (AED) Legal Centre in Melbourne has been at the centre of the legal cases around the BSWAT – both the 2012 case that found the BSWAT in breach of the DDA in the case of Gordon Prior and Michael Nojin, and the current class action (with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers).
On Monday 17 February 2014, the legal case kicks off!
You are welcome to attend and show your support for workers with disability in ADEs. There will be a Hearing, regarding the letter that the Department of Social Services wanted to send to workers in ADEs explaining the BSWAT payment scheme. There will also be Directions, which is essentially the very beginning of the court case itself, which will finally decide whether the BSWAT is discriminatory in its use in ADEs.
The case will likely run for many months, so you will have lots of chances to attend before the judgement is finally handed down. Let's show the court and the country that the whole community is concerned about the current discrimination against workers with disability.
The case will be held at the Federal Court in Melbourne, which is located on the corner of William and LaTrobe Streets. Location details are here. If you require assistance or support, you can contact the court.
Samantha French, PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager will be attending the hearings and would like to hear from members who will be attending the hearing on mobile: 0409 029 730 or email:
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