Childcare educators call for commitment on wages

Educators will be asking those who are attending today’s Ipswich Community Cabinet to call on the Government to solve the wages crisis in the sector once and for all.

Members of the ‘Big Steps’ campaign will be outside the forum this afternoon as the Prime Minister and Senior Ministers discuss the issues effecting the local community.

Queensland Secretary of United Voice, the early childhood education union, Gary Bullock, says “We will be reminding Government today of the wages crisis crippling the early education sector”.

“Julia Gillard has already said she is committed to tackling the problems in childcare but we need to see some real action on the issue.”

“We need reassurance that any funding model will address the wages crisis because educators cannot survive on poverty wages of just over $18 an hour.”

“180 educators leave the sector every week which is obviously affecting the quality of education and care our children receive.”

“This has to stop right now and today we want the Government to take action and put a halt to this continuing crisis.”

Where: Ipswich Community Cabinet, Redbank Plains SHS corner of Willow Rd and Kiedges Rd Redbank Plains.

When: Tuesday 10th of July from 5pm

What: Childcare workers call on those attending Community Cabinet to lobby Government on wages crisis.

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