Fair Work Commission fails early childhood educators

Fair Work Commission fails early childhood educators

United Voice, the early childhood union, says the Government has once again failed early childhood educators. Today the Fair Work Commission dismissed our case for equal pay.

Just yesterday Education Minister Simon Birmingham told early childhood educators that demands for equal pay would be settled through the Fair Work Commission.

Helen Gibbons, Assistant National Secretary of United Voice, the early childhood union, says, “The Fair Work Commission has failed us. They failed to hear from a single educator about what it’s like to live on half the average wage.

“We have jumped through every legal hoop required and we briefed one of the best legal teams in the country. Our case was made even more difficult by the government refusing to support the application.

“Early educators are qualified, trusted and have a huge responsibility caring for and educating the very youngest members of our community. Yet they can be paid as little as $21 an hour. A responsible government would have already stepped in and fixed this appalling inequity. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Birmingham have consistently passed the buck. This government has no real plan to deliver equal pay for Australia’s early educators.

“The 27 March 2018 national walk offs are now more important than ever. Parents will be collecting their children early or keeping them at home to support their educators in their fight for equal pay.

“This will only ramp up the campaign and the resolve of educators to get the government to prioritise fairness and equality for early educators.”

Australia’s early childhood educators have announced that they will walk off the job on March 27 to demand the government fund equal pay. Some centres will be closed for the whole day and parents are being asked to keep their children at home. They have also launched a national TV, radio and newspaper campaign to ask the Australian community to support their fight.

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