- July 1937
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Social action organisation
The Council of Action for Equal Pay (CAEP) functioned as a single issue pressure group with affiliates from trade unions and women's organisations. Its primary aim was to agitate for the implementation of equal pay through the dissemination of information and to support individual organisations in their fight for equal pay. Its formation marked the first conscious movement for equal pay in Australia. Muriel Heagney, a strong advocate of 'the rate for the job' was influential in its establishment and was the driving force of the organisation as its honorary secretary-treasurer from 1939 until its demise.
Sources used to compile this entry: Johnson, Penny, 'Gender, class and work: the Council of Action for Equal Pay Campaign in Australia during World War 11', Labour History, May 1986, 1986, pp. 132-46.